August 22 – This Day in Country Music


Born on this day in San Antonio, Texas, was Holly Dunn, country music artist who first found fame with her 1986 Top-10 hit “Daddy’s Hands” from her self-titled debut album. Dunn has charted more than a dozen country singles, two of which (“Are You Ever Gonna Love Me”, “You Really Had Me Going”) reaching the #1 spot. Dunn died on November 14, 2016.

Born on this day in De Queen, Arkansas, was country music singer, Collin Raye who made his debut on the American country music scene in 1991 with the release of his debut album All I Can Be, which produced his first #1 hit in “Love, Me”.

Willie Nelson started recording his first album …And Then I Wrote at Quonset Hut Studio in Nashville after signing with Liberty Records. Nelson starting the recording sessions during the night and they lasting until the morning of the following day.

Following the reluctance of radio stations to play the latest Johnny Cash single “The Ballad Of Ira Hayes”, Cash him-self took out a full page ad in Billboard lambasting their lack of support. The ad read: “DJ’s, Station managers, owners etc, where are your guts? I’m not afraid to sing hard, bitter lines that the son of Oliver LaFarge wrote�Classify Me, Categorize Me, STIFLE me, but it won’t work.”

George Jones and Tammy Wynette announced their forthcoming marriage, which took place six months later.

Willie Nelson was at #1 on the country album chart with Always on My Mind, which became the Billboard #1 country album of the year. The album spent 22 weeks at the top of the charts and stayed for a total of 253 weeks on the Billboard Top Country Albums charts. The title track was originally recorded by Brenda Lee in 1972 and has since been recorded by dozens of performers including Elvis Presley in 1972 and John Wesley Ryles in 1979.

Kenny Rogers released his fifteenth studio and #1 album Eyes That See in the Dark. Produced by Barry Gibb from The Bee Gees “Islands in the Stream” from the album became a major hit, reaching #1 on both the Billboard pop and country charts. It turned out to be the #1 country chart song of 1983.

Jo Dee Messina was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with, “I’m Alright”, the title track from her second studio album.