April 22 – This Day in Country Music


Born on this day in Pike County, Arkansas, was Glen Campbell, country singer, songwriter, actor, TV presenter. Hits include “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”, “Wichita Lineman”, and “Rhinestone Cowboy.” He was a touring member of The Beach Boys, filling in for an ailing Brian Wilson in 1964 and 1965. His guitar playing can be heard on “Strangers in the Night” by Frank Sinatra, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” by The Righteous Brothers and “I’m a Believer” by The Monkees. Campbell became a patient at an Alzheimer’s long-term care and treatment facility in 2014 and died of the disease in Nashville, Tennessee on August 8, 2017 at the age of 81.

Winners at the Academy of Country Music Awards included: Pioneer Award – Charlie Daniels, Top Female Vocalist of the Year – Trisha Yearwood, Top Male Vocalist of the Year – George Strait, Top Vocal Duo or Group – Brooks & Dunn, Top New Male Vocalist of the Year – Kenny Chesney, Song of the Year and Country Music Video of the Year went to Faith Hill and Tim McGraw for “It’s Your Love.”

Emmylou Harris, Wynonna Judd, The Crickets and John Hiatt were all inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville.