Born on this day in Darby, Florida, was Howard Bellamy, singer, songwriter of The Bellamy Brothers. The duo had success in the 1970s and 1980s, starting with the release of their crossover hit “Let Your Love Flow” in 1976, a #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100. Starting in the late 1970s, the Bellamy Brothers found success in country music as well, charting twenty #1 singles.
Loretta Lynn signed her first contract on with Zero Records which saw her recoding tracks tat United Western Recorders in Hollywood, California.
Dolly Parton scored her second #1 Country hit single with “Jolene.” Parton has said that the inspiration for the story was a tall, red-headed bank teller whom Parton believed was flirting with her husband, and her husband’s apparent vulnerability to the teller’s charm as indicated by his sudden interest in making frequent trips to the bank.
Doug Stone was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “A Jukebox With A Country Song”, the singers second chart topper.
Terry McMillan, country musician who played harmonica and percussion died at the age of 53. He became a very in-demand session musician working with, Ray Charles, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Reba McEntire, Randy Travis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Kenny Chesney, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Trisha Yearwood, and Dixie Chicks.
Montgomery Gentry released their final album together, Here’s to You, following the death in a helicopter crash of Troy Gentry on September 8th 2017.