August 13 – This Day in Country Music

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1951
Hank Williams was at #1 on Billboard’s country chart with “Hey, Good Lookin'”. His version of the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001. Since its original 1951 recording it has been covered by a variety of artists including, Ray Charles, Jo Stafford, The Mavericks and Jimmy Buffett.

1951
Born on this day near Louisville, Kentucky was fiddle player, multi-instrumentalist, and country music and bluegrass artist Hoot Hester. Hester had played backup for a number of country music artists, among them Alabama, Hank Williams Jr., Conway Twitty, Randy Travis, Bill Monroe, Vern Gosdin, and Ricky Van Shelton as well as a longtime member of the Grand Ole Opry’s staff band. He died on August 30, 2016 age 65.

1973
Born on this day in West Monroe, Louisiana, was Andy Griggs country music artist who scored “You Won’t Ever Be Lonely” and “She’s More”, both of which peaked at #2 on the Country music charts. He also charted “Grow Young With You,” a cut from the soundtrack to the film Where the Heart Is.

1973
Loretta Lynn released her twenty-third solo studio Love Is the Foundation which went on the peak at #1 on the Country album chart. The album’s first single, “Love Is the Foundation”, released in April 1973 peaked at #1 on the US Hot Country Singles chart.

1994
John Michael Montgomery was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “Be My Baby Tonight”, the third single from Montgomery’s 1994 album Kickin’ It Up.