December 26 – This Day in Country Music


Johnny Cash topped a country and western concert at the Showboat Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada; also appearing on the same bill were Tex Ritter and the Sons of the Pioneers.

Glen Campbell was at #1 on the US Country chart with “Wichita Lineman”. Jimmy Webb’s inspiration for the lyrics came while driving through Washita County in northern Oklahoma. Webb was driving through an endless litany of telephone poles, each looking exactly the same as the last. Then, in the distance, he noticed the silouette of a solitary lineman atop a pole. Webb then “put himself atop that pole and put that phone in his hand” as he considered what the lineman was saying into the receiver.

Roger Bowling, Nashville based songwriter died. His best known songs included “Lucille” (co-written with Hal Bynum), and “Coward of the County” (co-written with Billy Ed Wheeler), both recorded by Kenny Rogers, and “Blanket on the Ground”, “What I’ve Got In Mind”, and “57 Chevrolet”, which were recorded by Billie Jo Spears.

Johnny Cash was hailed on CBS-TV’s The Kennedy Center Honors, featuring Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson and Lyle Lovett.

Tim McGraw was at #1 on the US Country chart with “My Next Thirty Years”, the fifth and final single from McGraw’s A Place in the Sun album.

Chris Stapleton was at #1 on the US Country chart with his debut studio album Traveller which was later named Album of the Year at the 2015 Country Music Association Awards.