January 28 – This Day in Country Music


Born on this day in Pautaxant, Maryland, was Eddie Bayers, session drummer who has worked with may artists including: George Strait, Elvis Presley, George Jones, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson, Glen Campbell and Dolly Parton.

Born on this day in New York City, New York, was Barbi Benton, model, actress and singer. Best known for her years as a regular on the country variety series Hee Haw, appearing in comic sketches with other cast members. Her record “Brass Buckles” (1975) was a top-five hit on Billboard’s country singles chart. She was featured on the cover of Playboy Magazine several times (initially credited as Barbi Klein) and in nude photo layouts.

Alabama released “Dixieland Delight” as the lead-off single from their album The Closer You Get…. The track was the ninth in a string of 21 consecutive #1 singles in as many releases, a string that spanned from 1980 through 1987.

Alan Jackson released “Drive (For Daddy Gene)” which became his twentieth #1 single on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts.

Shock’n Y’all the eighth studio album by Toby Keith was at #1 on the US Country chart. The album has been certified 4 x Platinum in the US for shipments in excess of 4 million units.