April 27 – This Day in Country Music


Born on this day in Bellshill, Scotland was Sheena Easton, singer and actress. Sheena Easton is the only artist in the history of the US Billboard charts to have a top 5 hit on each of the Billboards key charts consecutively: “Morning Train (9-5)” (Pop, Adult Contemporary), “We Got Tonight” w/Kenny Rogers (Country), “Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair)” (Dance), and “Sugar Walls” (R&B).

Tammy Wynette released her seventh studio album Tammy’s Touch which peaked at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, Wynette’s second album to top the chart. The album’s first single, “I’ll See Him Through”, peaked at #2 on the Country Singles chart, and the second single, “He Loves Me All the Way”, peaked at #1, Wynette’s eighth song to top the chart.

Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt performed together for the first time during a recording of the syndicated Dolly! TV show. The show’s opening theme was “Love Is Like A Butterfly” and the show’s closing song was “I Will Always Love You”, both #1 hits for Dolly in 1974, and both sung by Dolly on the show.

Liberty Records released “The River” by Garth Brooks, the fifth and final single from his third album, 1991’s Ropin’ the Wind, which became his ninth #1 hit on the Billboard country charts.

“If You See Him/If You See Her” by Reba McEntire, along with the duo Brooks & Dunn was released. The song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks giving McEntire her twenty-ninth #1 single, and Brooks & Dunn their twelfth.

Monticello, Georgia, renamed Highway 83 the Trisha Yearwood Parkway, honoring its most famous former resident.

Loretta Lynn released her forty-second solo studio album Van Lear Rose. The album was produced by Jack White, then of the White Stripes and was widely praised by critics, peaking at #2 on the US Billboard Top Country Albums chart and at #24 on the Billboard 200, the most successful crossover album of Lynn’s 60-year career.

Jason Aldean was at #1 on the country chart with My Kinda Party, his fourth studio album. The album received a Nomination for the 54th Grammy Awards for Best Country Album.