J. P. Richardson Jr, better known as The Big Bopper was killed in a plane crash in Iowa along with fellow musicians Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. His best known compositions include “Chantilly Lace” and “White Lightning”, the latter of which became George Jones’ first #1 hit in 1959.
Born on this day in Nashville, Tennessee, was Matraca Berg, country music singer and songwriter. Besides recording her own material, Berg has written hits for T.G. Sheppard, Karen Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Deana Carter and others. In 2008 she was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Dolly Parton released her third studio album In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad). The album’s only single the title track released in October 1968 peaked at #25 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.
“Nobody’s Home” by Clint Black became the first song to stay for three weeks at #1 since Randy Travis’ “Forever and Ever, Amen” in 1987.
Liberty Records released “Papa Loved Mama” by Garth Brooks, lifted from his third album Ropin’ the Wind, which peaked at #3 on the US country charts.
Dixie Chicks were at #1 on the US country album chart with there fifth studio album Fly which went on to win them a Grammy for Best Country Album. The tracks “Ready to Run”, “Cowboy Take Me Away”, “Without You”, “Goodbye Earl”, “Cold Day in July”, “Heartbreak Town”, “Some Days You Gotta Dance” and “If I Fall You’re Going Down with Me” were all released as singles.
Darius Rucker was awarded a gold single for “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It”, which was his first single off his studio album Learn to Live. Rucker became the first solo African American artist to reach the top of the country charts since Charley Pride’s “Night Games” in 1983.