April 12 – This Day in Country Music


Born on this day in Norman, Oklahoma, was Vince Gill, country singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Gill was a member of country rock band Pure Prairie League in the 1970s, and then went solo in 1983. Gill has recorded more than twenty studio albums, charted over forty singles on the Billboard charts and has sold more over 22 million albums. He has been honored by the Country Music Association with 18 CMA Awards, including two Entertainer of the Year awards and five Male Vocalist Awards. Gill has also been awarded 27 Grammy Awards.

RCA Records released “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver, from his 1971 breakout album Poems, Prayers and Promises. The single went to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became one of John Denver’s most popular and world-wide beloved songs.

Dolly Parton released here seventh solo studio album Joshua which peaked at #16 on the US Billboard Hot Country LPs chart. The album’s single, “Joshua”, was nominated for a Grammy and was Parton’s first song to reach #1 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

Born on this day was Easton Corbin country music singer, songwriter who released his self-titled debut album in March 2010, featuring the two #1 hits “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It”, as well as the top 15 hit “I Can’t Love You Back”.

Garth Brooks released his self-titled debut album which was both a critical and chart success, peaking at #13 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on the Top Country Albums. This album contains Brooks earliest hits, including his first ever single, “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)”, which peaked at #3 on the Country Billboard Charts in 1989, and his first #1, “If Tomorrow Never Comes” and the Academy of Country Music’s 1990 Song of the Year and Video of the Year, “The Dance”.

The premiere issue of Country Weekly magazine was published in the US. Garth Brooks graced the cover of the first issue.

The Pulitzer Prize Board awarded Hank Williams a posthumous special citation that paid tribute to his “craftsmanship as a songwriter who expressed universal feelings with poignant simplicity and played a pivotal role in transforming country music into a major musical and cultural force in American life.”