January 13 – This Day in Country Music


Born on this day in Sarepta, north Louisiana, was Trace Adkins, country music artist who has charted more than 20 singles on the Billboard country music charts, including the #1 hits “(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing”, “Ladies Love Country Boys”, and “You’re Gonna Miss This.”

“Once a Day” by American country artist Connie Smith was at #1 on the US country music chart. It was the first debut single by a female country artist to reach #1, and to date holds the record for the most weeks (eight), spent at #1 by a female country artist.

Johnny Cash played a show, which was recorded, for his forthcoming live album At Folsom Prison, near Sacramento, California in front of 2,000 inmates. When released, the lead single, “Folsom Prison Blues” (an update of his 1956 hit) became one of the most famous recordings of his career.

Tammy Wynette released her fourth studio album Stand by Your Man which peaked at #2 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. The album’s single, “Stand by Your Man”, (written by Billy Sherrill, and Wynette), was released on September 20, 1968, and peaked at #1 on the Country Singles chart, Wynette’s fifth song to top the chart.

“Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'” by Charley Pride was at #1 on the US Country charts. The song has since become one of his signature tunes and became his eighth country #1 hit.

Martina McBride made her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry since becoming a member in November.

Tommy Crain, guitarist for The Charlie Daniels Band on their Grammy-winning single “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” and more than twenty albums, died in his sleep at the age of 59.

Garth Brooks pushed past Elvis Presley to take back the title of solo artist who has sold more albums than any other in U.S. history. Brooks’ comeback album Man Against Machine had been certified platinum for sales of more than 1 million copies, pushing up his overall album total to 135 million copies – that’s one gold record ahead of Presley’s current RIAA total of 134.5 million.