February 6 – This Day in Country Music

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1962
Born on this day in Lubbock, Texas, was Richie McDonald country music singer, songwriter who from 1992 until his departure in 2007, was the lead singer of Lonestar. McDonald co-wrote several of the band’s singles, and sang lead on all but one of them. Lonestar scored the 1996 US Country #1 hit “No News.”

1971
The soundtrack album Little Fauss and Big Halsy was released, composed entirely of songs by country singer Johnny Cash (and is his 36th overal album). The album includes tracks written by Cash, Carl Perkins and Bob Dylan.

2005
American singer, songwriter, and manager Wyatt Merle Kilgore died. He co-wrote (with June Carter), “Ring Of Fire”, which became a hit for Johnny Cash, ending Cash’s three-year career slump, staying at #1 on the country chart for seven weeks in 1963. Kilgore started his career in country music as a teenage gofer for Hank Williams and ended as the manager of Hank Williams Jr.

2007
Carrie Underwood released “Wasted”, the sixth single from her debut album of the same name. It become Carrie’s fourth consecutive #1 country single and fifth overall #1 single on the US Country charts.

2010
Wynonna Judd announced that she would reunite with her mother, Naomi Judd, to tour and record a studio album for the final time as The Judds by the end of 2010.