January 9 – This Day in Country Music


Hank Williams recorded “Long Gone Lonesome Blues”, “Why Don’t You Love Me” and “My Son Calls Another Man Daddy” during sessions at Castle Studios, Nashville. “Long Gone Lonesome Blues” later became Hank Williams’ second #1 on the Country & Western chart and stayed on the charts for twenty-one weeks, with five weeks at the top of the Country & Western chart.

Born on this day in Paintsville, Kentucky was Crystal Gayle (Brenda Gail Webb), country music singer best known for her 1977 country-pop hit, “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue”. An award-winning singer, Gayle has accumulated 18 #1 country hits during the 1970s and 1980s. She was also famous for her once nearly floor-length hair.

Loretta Lynn recorded “Fist City” which when released topped the Country music charts. The song was inspired by her husband’s dalliances with other women who pursued him while she was busy touring. It is one of several songs that got Lynn banned from the radio in the 1960s for her controversial themes.

Glen Campbell recorded “Galveston” at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, California. The Jimmy Webb song gave Campbell his third US Country #1 hit. The song, released in February 1969, was perceived as being a Vietnam War protest song.

Willie and Family Live the double live album by Willie Nelson was at #1 on the US Country charts. Recorded live at Harrah’s in Lake Tahoe, Nevada in April 1978 at the height of Willie madness, the album features Emmylou Harris and Johnny Paycheck on some of the songs.

Following a recommendation from the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce, the City Commision dedicated Highway 31, known locally as Gallatin Road, as the Johnny Cash Parkway. A ceremony was later held in the parking lot at The House Of Cash.

Shania Twain won the People’s Choice award for Favorite Female Musical Performer at the CBS broadcast ceremony from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California.

Miranda Lambert released “Over You”, the second single from her album, Four the Record. The track peaked at #1 on the US Hot Country Songs chart. The song writers Lambert and Blake Shelton won the CMA Award for Song of the Year for “Over You.”

Rascal Flatts released “Yours If You Want It” the first single from their tenth studio album, Back to Us becoming the group’s fourteenth #1 single on the US Country charts.