August 20 – This Day in Country Music

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1923
Born on this day in Galloway, Texas was American country music singer-songwriter James Travis Reeves who became known as Jim Reeves, (Gentleman Jim). With records charting from the 1950s to the 1980s, he became well known as a practitioner of the Nashville sound. Reeves who scored over ten Country music #1’s died in a plane crash on 31st July 1964 aged 40. He is a member of both the Country Music and Texas Country Music Halls of Fame.

1934
Born on this day was ‘Sneaky’ Pete Kleinow, US country-rock steel guitar player. He was one of the original members of the Flying Burrito Brothers with the Byrds’ Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons and also worked with John Lennon and Joni Mitchell. He died 6th Jan 2007 aged 72.

1935
Born on this day in San Antonio, Texas was Justin Tubb, the oldest son of legendary country singer Ernest Tubb. He scored two duets with Goldie Hill, (“Looking Back to See” and “Sure Fire Kisses”). A year later, at the age of 20, he was made a member of the Grand Ole Opry. He penned many hit songs for other performers, including “Keeping Up with the Joneses”, “Love Is No Excuse”, and “Lonesome 7-7203”, a hit for Hawkshaw Hawkins.

1977
Born on this day in in Amarillo, Texas was country singer Aaron Watson. In February 2015, Watson made history when he released The Underdog making him the first solo male artist to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with a self-released and independently distributed and promoted album.

1982
Alabama released “Close Enough to Perfect” as the third single from the album Mountain Music. The track was the eighth in a string of 21 consecutive #1 singles in as many releases, a string that spanned from 1980 through 1987.