April 7 – This Day in Country Music

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1932
Born on this day in Gans, Oklahoma, was Cal Smith, country musician, most famous for his 1972 #1 hit “The Lord Knows I’m Drinking” and his 1974 hit “Country Bumpkin,” which received the Song of the Year Award from both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association. Smith died on October 10, 2013.

1935
Born on this day, was Bobby Bare, who scored over 30 US Country hits including his only Country #1 hit in 1974, “Marie Laveau”, (which was written by written by Shel Silverstein). In 1998, he formed the band, Old Dogs, with his friends Jerry Reed, Mel Tillis and Waylon Jennings.

1990
Randy Travis’ “Hard Rock Bottom Of Your Heart” broke the four-week barrier, on the US country singles chart, the first since Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson’s 1978 hit “Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys.”

1990
The fourth Farm Aid benefit concert took place at the Hoosier Dome, Indianapolis, Indiana. Held to raise money for family farmers in the US, the concerts were organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young. Artists who appeared included: Bonnie Raitt, Carl Perkins, Garth Brooks, John Denver, Bill Monroe, Alan Jackson, Asleep at the Wheel, Jackson Browne, Bruce Hornsby, Poco, Elton John, Lou Reed, Don Henley, Taj Mahal, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, and Guns N’ Roses.

2009
Rascal Flatts released their sixth studio album Unstoppable the band’s fourth consecutive #1 debut on the US Country chart.