April 5 – This Day in Country Music

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1940
Born on this day in Dyess, Arkansas, was Tommy Cash, singer-songwriter and younger brother of Johnny Cash. While in the army, he was a disc jockey for the American Forces Radio Network and then played with Hank Williams, Jr., and later gained a record deal from Musicor Records in 1965. A year later, he joined United Artists Records and just missed the Country Top 40 in 1968 with “The Sounds of Goodbye.”

1967
Born on this day in Lexington, Kentucky was Troy Gentry, one half of the duo Montgomery Gentry who scored three platinum selling albums and were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2009. Gentry died in a helicopter crash on September 8, 2017 while taking a helicopter tour of Medford, New Jersey, where he and Montgomery were set to perform that evening.

1972
Freddie Hart and the Heartbeats were at #1 on the US Country chart with, “My Hang-Up Is You”, Hart’s second #1 on the US country singles chart. The single stayed at the top for six weeks and spent a total of eighteen weeks on the chart.

1974
Johnny Cash released Ragged Old Flag, his 46th album. The album addresses several political as well as ethical issues, not unlike many of Cash’s other releases. The title track, and simultaneously the only single from the album, is a spoken word tribute to patriotism amid the Watergate scandal.

2000
Toby Keith was at #1 on the US chart with “How Do You Like Me Now?!”, the second single released from the album How Do You Like Me Now?! The song spent five weeks at #1 on the Billboard US Hot Country Songs chart.

2019
Reboot the eleventh studio album by American country music duo Brooks & Dunn was released becoming their sixth US Country #1 album. The album includes twelve renditions of Brooks & Dunn’s previous singles, each done with a featured vocal from another country music artist.