April 20 – This Day in Country Music


Born on this day in Jacksonville, Florida, was Johnny Tillotson, singer and songwriter who scored the 1964 Country #4 hit “It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin’.”

Goldband Records released “Puppy Love” by a 13-year old Dolly Parton, a song that was recorded two years earlier when she was just eleven years old. The song didn’t chart, but was later to be a hit in 1972 for Donny Osmond.

Decca Records released Patsy Cline’s second EP of the year – “She’s Got You” which contained two new songs: the title track (written by Hank Cochran), and “Strange” which was written by Fred Burch and Mel Tillis.

Roger Miller was at #1 on the US Country charts with “King Of The Road.” The song has been covered by many other artists, including George Jones, Dean Martin, Boxcar Willie, Randy Travis, the Statler Brothers, Rufus Wainwright & Teddy Thompson, The Proclaimers and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Shania Twain released her self-titled debut album which peaked at #67 on the US Country album charts. Also on this day Mercury Records released Toby Keith’s self-titled debut album and Curb Records released Tim McGraw’s debut studio album.

John Michael Montgomery confirmed on his website that he had a condition known as acoustic neuroma, which is a non-cancerous growth that interferes with a nerve running between the brain and the ear. This condition can affect balance and hearing and can certainly make singing or any kind of public performing quite difficult for the patient.

Hank Williams, Steve Wariner and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band were all added to the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville.