December 30 – This Day in Country Music

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1931
Born on this day in Dry Ridge, Kentucky, was Skeeter Davis one of the first women to achieve major stardom in the country music field as a solo vocalist, she was an acknowledged influence on Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton. Davis died on Sept 19 2004.

1937
Born on this day in New York City, was John Hartford, country and bluegrass composer and musician known for his mastery of the fiddle and banjo, as well as for his witty lyrics. Probably best known for “Gentle On My Mind” that was a hit for Glen Campbell and was the theme song his television variety show. He also invented his own shuffle tap dance move, and clogged on an amplified piece of plywood while he played and sang. Hartford died on June 4 2001.

1944
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys appeared at the Grand Ole Opry. According to the Opry, drums and horns were not considered to be part of country music. Wills’ band at the time consisted of two fiddlers, two bass fiddles, two electric guitars, an amplified electric steel guitar, and a trumpet, as well as drums, with which the drummer played in the Dixieland style.

1956
Born on this day in Aledo, Illinois country music singer and songwriter Suzy Bogus. In the 1990s, six of her songs were Top 10 hits. She won Top New Female Vocalist from the Academy of Country Music and the Horizon Award from the Country Music Association.

1973
Charlie Rich was at #1 on the US country album chart with Behind Closed Doors. The album received three Country Music Association awards: Best Male Vocalist, Album of the Year, and Single of the Year, for the title song which gave the singer his first #1 hit.

1985
Alabama released “She and I” which went to #1 on the Country charts in April 1986. The track was the nineteenth in a string of 21 consecutive #1 singles in as many releases, a string that spanned from 1980 through 1987.

1991
Alan Jackson released “Dallas” his fourth consecutive #1 single on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. Jackson was inspired to write the song after having played at Billy Bob’s in Dallas, Texas. After playing the show, he commented that he “wished Dallas was in Tennessee” and based the song off that comment