Born on this day in Nashville, Tennessee, was Buddy Harman who as a session musician played drums on over 18,000 sessions for artists such as Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Brenda Lee, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Roy Orbison, Chet Atkins, Marty Robbins, Roger Miller, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Kenny Rogers, Merle Haggard, Reba McEntire, and many more. He died on August 21, 2008.
Merle Haggard recorded “The Fightin’ Side Of Me” in Los Angeles at the Capitol Recording Studios. The following, “The Fightin’ Side of Me” was nominated for Song of the Year and Single of the Year by the Country Music Association.
John Denver was at #1 on the US country album chart with Back Home Again. The multi-platinum album contained the hit singles “Annie’s Song”, “Back Home Again” and “Sweet Surrender”. In addition, the studio version of “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” appeared on this album.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts honored Loretta Lynn for her lifetime contributions to the arts.