July 12 – This Day in Country Music

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1952
Born on this day in Rogersville, Alabama, was Randy McCormick, keyboard player who co-wrote Eddie Rabbitt’s “Suspicions” and Conway Twitty’s “Crazy In Love.” McCormick has also worked with George Strait, Ricky Van Shelton and Jamie O’Neal.

1969
Glen Campbell appeared as a special guest on this week’s Johnny Cash ABC television music variety show along with Joe Tex and Jeannie C. Riley. Glenn performed “Some Day Little Girl” and “Take My Hand For Awhile”.

1988
Randy Travis released his third studio album Old 8×10 which became his third US Country #1 album. The album produced the singles “Honky Tonk Moon”, “Deeper Than the Holler”, “Is It Still Over”, and “Promises”. All of these except “Promises” reached #1 on the Hot Country Songs charts.

1989
The Willie Nelson album A Horse Called Music was released. The album includes Nelson’s last #1 single, “Nothing I Can Do About It Now”, and the single “There You Are.”

1997
“It’s Your Love,” by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill became the first song in 20 years to spend six weeks atop the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart. The last song to do so was 1977’s “Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)” by Waylon Jennings. In that span, more than 750 songs had reached #1 on the country chart, a majority of them for just one week.

2000
On the opening night of the sold out Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Soul2Soul Tour at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, so many fans showed up looking to get in that the local promoter opened up a section behind the stage and let the fans in.

2019
Country music singer-songwriter Russell Smith died age 70. Formerly the lead singer of the Amazing Rhythm Aces, Smith penned #1 songs for Randy Travis (“Look Heart, No Hands”), T. Graham Brown (“Don’t Go to Strangers”), Don Williams (“Heartbeat in the Darkness”), and Ricky Van Shelton (“Keep It Between the Lines”).