January 21 – This Day in Country Music


Born on this day, was Mac Davis, country music singer, songwriter, and actor His early work writing for Elvis Presley produced multiple #1 hits (including “Memories”, “In The Ghetto”, and the latently popular “A Little Less Conversation”). He died age 78 on September 29, 2020, following heart surgery.

Patsy Cline made her debut appearance on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts TV show in New York City. The day of the show, she met with the show’s producer Janette Davis. Cline had chosen “A Poor Man’s Roses (Or a Rich Man’s Gold)” to perform on the program, but Davis preferred “Walkin’ After Midnight”. Cline initially refused to perform it, but ultimately agreed to it. Davis also suggested Cline wore a cocktail dress instead of the cowgirl outfit created by her mother. Cline won the program’s contest that night.

Dwight Yoakam was awared his first gold album, for his debut Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. The album featured his first three hits “Honky Tonk Man”, “Guitars, Cadillacs”, and “It Won’t Hurt”.

Carrie Underwood was at #1 on the Billboard Country charts for the first of six weeks with “Jesus, Take The Wheel.” Later this year it was reported that “Jesus, Take the Wheel” had sold more than 1 million ringtones.

Lady Antebellum were at #1 on the US Country chart with Own the Night which won the Grammy Award for Best Country Album at the 54th Grammy Awards. Four singles were released from Own the Night, “Just a Kiss”, “We Owned the Night”, “Dancin’ Away with My Heart” and “Wanted You More”.