April 11 – This Day in Country Music


Hank Williams’ “Your Cheatin’ Heart” was at #1 in the Billboard country chart. The story goes that Williams was prompted to write the song when thinking about his first wife, Audrey Williams, while driving around with his second, Billie Jean Jones who she is supposed to have written down the lyrics for him whilst sat in the passenger seat. The song was record during his last ever recording sessions, on September 23, 1952 and had been released the following year, shortly after he died.

Waylon Jennings released the single “Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)” which became his fifth US Country #1 hit. In his autobiography, Waylon remarked about his feelings on the song: “I knew it was a hit song, even though I didn’t like it, and still don’t.”

K.T. Oslin was at #1 on the Country chart with her debut album 80’s Ladies. “Wall of Tears,” the title track, “Do Ya'” and “I’ll Always Come Back” were all released as singles from the album.

Trace Adkins was at #1 on the country chart with Songs About Me, his seventh album and his highest-selling album to date. Singles from this album include the title track, “Arlington”, and “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk”, which respectively reached #2, #16, and #2 on the Billboard country charts.

Kenny Chesney released “Summertime” as the third single from his 2005 album The Road and the Radio. The track became his tenth US #1 hit on the Country charts.

Carrie Underwood released “Church Bells” taken from her fifth studio album Storyteller. The single topped the Billboard Country Airplay chart, becoming Underwood’s 15th leader on that chart and thereby extending her record as the female artist with most #1 hits in history of that chart.