April 11 – This Day in Country Music

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1953
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.

1977
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.”

1987
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.

2003
During a business dinner record producer Tony Brown (Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, and George Strait), fell down a flight of stairs, resulting in a brain injury. He underwent two surgeries and fully recovered.

2005
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.

2006
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.