Born on this day in Lakehurst, New Jersey, was Juice Newton pop and country singer, songwriter and guitarist. To date, Newton has received five Grammy Award nominations and scored the 1981 Country #1 single “The Sweetest Thing (I’ve Ever Known).”
George Jones released his debut single “No Money in This Deal” on Starday Records. The song became the first recording to be of a little over 900 that Jones would record during his 61-year career.
Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner performed together for the first time since their 1974 breakup, while taping an episode of Dolly! at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House. Parton wrote the song “I Will Always Love You” after Wagoner suggested she shift from story songs to focus on love songs.
Dixie Chicks were at #1 on the US Country music album chart with their fourth studio album and major label debut Wide Open Spaces. At the 41st Grammy Awards, the album was awarded 2 Grammy Awards out of 3 nominations.
Country singer Johnny Paycheck died at the age of 64. He had been in a nursing home, suffering from emphysema and asthma. During his career, Paycheck recorded 70 albums and had more than two dozen hit singles, the biggest of which was the working man’s anthem, “Take This Job and Shove It”.