August 19 – This Day in Country Music


Born on this day in Lafayette, Louisiana, was Eddy Raven, who is known for his Cajun-influenced country music. He has charted more than thirty-five singles in his career, including the #1 hits “I Got Mexico”, “Shine, Shine, Shine”, “I’m Gonna Get You”, “Joe Knows How to Live”, “In a Letter to You” and “Bayou Boys”, as well as several more Top Ten hits, including seventeen consecutive Top Tens between 1984 and 1990.

Hank Snow was at #1 on the Country music singles charts with “I’m Moving On”. The song, stayed at the top of the charts for 21 weeks and was the first of seven #1 Billboard country hits Snow scored throughout his career.

Born on this day in Jacksonville, Texas, was Lee Ann Womack, country singer, songwriter. Her 2000 single, “I Hope You Dance” was a major crossover music hit, reaching #1 on the Billboard Country Chart and the Top 15 of the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her signature song.

Born on this day in Beaumont, Texas, was Clay Walker, Jr. country music artist. His 1993 debut single “What’s It to You,” reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts, as did its follow-up, 1994’s “Live Until I Die.” Both singles were included on Walker’s self-titled debut album, also released in 1993.

“Crazy” by Patsy Cline and Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog” were announced as the most played jukebox songs of the first hundred years. The jukebox had been around since 1906, but earlier models had been first seen in 1889.

Alan Jackson released “Someday” his third consecutive #1 single on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. as the second single The track was from Jackson’s second album, Don’t Rock The Jukebox.

Carrie Underwood released “Before He Cheats” from here debut studio album. The song became an enormous crossover success, topping the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for five consecutive weeks, and becoming a top ten hit on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 charts.

Meet Glen Campbell the sixtieth album by Glen Campbell was released. The album is a collection of recordings by other artists including Jackson Browne, U2, Lou Reed, John Lennon and Tom Petty.

Dolly Parton released her forty-fifth solo studio album Pure & Simple which became her seventh #1 country album and her first chart topper in 25 years.