August 26 – This Day in Country Music


Born on this day in Lubbock, Texas was Don Bowman the American country music singer, songwriter, comedian and radio host. He was best known for co-writing the hits “Just To Satisfy You” and “Wildwood Weed” and played an important role in Waylon Jennings getting recording contracts. He was the original host of American Country Countdown and the first Country Music Association Comedian of the Year. He died on June 5th 2013.

Born on this day in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was Jimmy Olander, guitarist with Diamond Rio, who had hits with, “Meet In The Middle,” “One More Day” and “How Your Love Makes Me Feel”.

John Denver recorded “Thank God I’m A Country Boy” at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles in his first night of concerts that become the double album An Evening With John Denver.

Glen Campbell was at #1 on the US Country singles chart with “Rhinestone Cowboy”. The song was one of six songs released in 1975 that topped both the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard Hot Country Singles charts. The other songs were “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” by Freddy Fender; “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song” by B.J. Thomas, “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” and “I’m Sorry”/”Calypso,” both by John Denver; and “Convoy” by C.W. McCall.

“Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper’s Dream)” by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was at #1 on the Country chart. Written by Rodney Crowell the song became the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s first (of three) #1 songs.

Dolly Parton released “Yellow Roses” the second single from the album White Limozeen which became Parton’s 19th #1 country single.

Shenandoah were at #1 on the US Country singles chart with “Next to You, Next to Me.” Written by Robert Ellis Orrall and Curtis Wright, it is also the band’s longest-lasting chart topper, at three weeks.

Reba McEntire released her twenty-fifth studio album Keep on Loving You which became McEntire’s second album to top both the Billboard Country and 200 charts, selling almost 96,000 copies within its first week. With the album, McEntire broke the record for the female country artist with the most Billboard #1 albums, which was previously held by Loretta Lynn.