April 21 – This Day in Country Music


Born on this day in Robards, Kentucky was singer-songwriter Jim Owen. Several artists had chart hits with his songs. These included “Too Lonely Too Long” and “One More Drink” (both Mel Tillis), “Little Boy’s Prayer” (Porter Wagoner), “Sweet Baby On My Mind” (June Stearns), “Southern Loving” and “Broad Minded Man” (both Jim Ed Brown), “The Telephone” (Jerry Reed) and arguably the best-known of all, “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man” (Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn). Charlie Daniels once called Jim Owen country music’s least known country superstar. He died on March 7 2020.

Hank Williams recorded “Move It On Over” at Castle Studio, Nashville. The song was Williams’ first major hit, reaching #4 on the Billboard Singles chart and is considered one of the earliest examples of rock and roll music. Many others have recorded and performed the song a notably hit version was by Travis Tritt in the 1990s.

US country music singer Marvin Rainwater was at #1 on the UK singles chart with “Whole Lotta Woman”. Rainwater was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian, known for wearing Native American-themed outfits on stage.

Randy Travis re-released his debut single, a cover of the Paul Overstreet and Don Schmitz song “On the Other Hand” which became his first #1 hit on the Country chart. (The song was first released in July 1985 when it became a minor hit).

John Denver walked away, apparently uninjured, after a 1931 biplane he was piloting was caught by a gust of wind, crashing on landing at Holbrook Airport, Arizona. Denver’s vintage airplane sustained “extensive damage” in the crash but the entertainer did not need medical treatment.

Faith Hill released her third studio album, Faith, which produced the worldwide hit, “This Kiss”, as well as the singles “Let Me Let Go”, “Love Ain’t Like That”, and a duet with her husband Tim McGraw “Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me.” As of 2003, sales for Faith were certified at six million.

The Soul2Soul II Tour 2006 a co-headlining tour between country music singers, and husband and wife, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill kicked off at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus ending after 73 shows on September 3, 2006 in Las Vegas. The tour became the highest grossing country music tour ever with a gross of $90 million.

Alan Jackson released “Good Time” the second single from his album Good Time which went to #1 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. The song became Jackson’s twenty-fourth US Country #1 hit.

Keith Urban was at #1 on the country chart with Defying Gravity, his fifth studio album. The album’s lead-off single “Sweet Thing”, topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts in March of this year. The album became Urban’s first #1 album on the Billboard 200.

Brad Paisley released his eleventh studio album Love and War which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. Included on the album are collaborations with Mick Jagger, John Fogerty, Timbaland, and Bill Anderson. The song “Gold All Over the Ground” is based on a poem written by Johnny Cash in the collection Forever Words.