July 1 – This Day in Country Music


Born on this day in Ashland, Kentucky, was Keith Whitley, country music singer who charted 19 singles on the Billboard country charts, including five consecutive #1’s: “Don’t Close Your Eyes”, “When You Say Nothing at All”, “I’m No Stranger to the Rain”, “I Wonder Do You Think of Me” and “It Ain’t Nothin'”. He died on May 9, 1989, the cause of death was determined to be acute ethanolism (alcohol poisoning).

Patsy Cline made her network television debut on the short-lived television version of the Grand Ole Opry on ABC-TV.

Claude King was at #1 on the Country chart with “Wolverton Mountain.” The hit that established his career was a rewrite of the original version by Merle Kilgore, which was based on a real character named Clifton Clowers who lived on the mountain north of Morrilton, Arkansas.

Tammy Wynette released her third studio album D-I-V-O-R-C-E which peaked at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, becoming Wynette’s first album to top the chart. The album’s single, “D-I-V-O-R-C-E”, (written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman), was released on April 19, 1968, and peaked at #1 on the Country Singles chart, Wynette’s fourth song to top the chart.

Waylon Jennings was at #1 on the US country charts with “Amanda”, a song written by Bob McDill and which was also recorded by Don Williams. Taken from his 1974 album The Ramblin’ Man, “Amanda” would be Waylon Jennings’s eighth solo #1 on the country chart.