April 20 – This Day in Country Music

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1939
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’.”

1959
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.

1962
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.

1965
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.

1969
Born on this day in Bethel Acres, Oklahoma, was Wade Hayes, singer, songwriter, who scored the 1995 US #1 single “Old Enough to Know Better.” In 2003, he founded the duo McHayes with Alan Jackson’s fiddle player Mark McClurg.

1993
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.

1993
Toby Keith released his self-titled debut album. The first single, “Should’ve Been A Cowboy,” went to #1 on the Country chart, the first of 20 chart-toppers for Keith.

2005
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.

2008
Hank Williams, Steve Wariner and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band were all added to the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville.

2009
Jimmy Dean’s house was largely gutted by a fire, although the Deans escaped injury. The Deans rebuilt their home on the same foundation and returned early in 2010.