Born on this day in Sabinal, Texas, was Johnny Rodriguez who became the first famous Latin American country music singer, infusing his music with Latin sounds. He had the 1973 US #1 Country hit “You Always Come Back to Hurting Me.”
Waylon Jennings married his second wife Lynne Jones. The couple divorced in 1967. He later composed the song “This Time” about the trials and tribulations of his marriages and divorces.
Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US country album chart with his second studio album, No Fences. The album remains Brooks’ best-seller to date with 17 million copies sold in the US alone.
Faron Young, American singer and songwriter from the early 1950s into the mid-1980s shot himself after apparently being depressed that the music industry had turned its back on him. He died in Nashville the following day. His hits included “If You Ain’t Lovin’ (You Ain’t Livin’)” and “Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young.” His ashes were spread by his family over Old Hickory Lake outside Nashville at Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash’s home while the Cashes were away.