April 10 – This Day in Country Music

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX/Shutterstock (515752ct) VINCE GILL AND REBA MCENTIRE, LAS VEGAS, AMERICA - 06 JUN 1997 VARIOUS

1921
Born on this day in Erick, Oklahoma, was Sheb Wooley, the singer, songwriter and actor best known for his 1958 novelty song “Purple People Eater”. He played Ben Miller, brother of Frank Miller in the film High Noon, Travis Cobb in The Outlaw Josey Wales, and also had a co-starring role as scout Pete Nolan in the television program Rawhide. He died in Nashville, Tennessee on September 16th 2003.

1993
Reba McEntire and Vince Gill held the pole position on the Billboard country singles chart with “The Heart Won’t Lie.” The second single released from Reba’s album, It’s Your Call was originally planned to be a duet with Kenny Rogers, but when Rogers proved to be unavailable McEntire decided to record the song not as a duet and Vince Gill was added later.

2006
CMT honored Hank Williams Jr. with the Johnny Cash Visionary Award, presenting it to him at the 2006 CMT Music Awards.

2013
The CMA announced that Kenny Rogers would be a 2013 inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame along with Cowboy Jack Clement and Bobby Bare.

2019
American country music singer-songwriter Earl Thomas Conley died age 77 from cerebral atrophy. Conley charted more than thirty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, of which eighteen reached #1.