July 26 – This Day in Country Music

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1956
Born on this day in Clinton, Oklahoma was record producer Scott Hendricks who has produced over 30 country music artists. His productions have garnered 116 Top 10s, and 75 #1 hits. Acts for whom Hendricks has produced include Restless Heart, John Michael Montgomery, Brooks & Dunn, Trace Adkins, Alan Jackson, Faith Hill, Blake Shelton, Jana Kramer and Dan + Shay.

1969
Johnny Cash released the single, “A Boy Named Sue”, a song written by Shel Silverstein. Cash was at the height of his popularity when he recorded the song live at California’s San Quentin State Prison at a concert on February 24, 1969. The song tells the tale of a young man’s quest for revenge on a father who abandoned him at 3 years of age and whose only contribution to his entire life was naming him Sue.

1972
Charley Pride was at #1 on the US Country singles chart with “It’s Gonna Take a Little Bit Longer”, his ninth #1 on the country chart. The single stayed at the top for three weeks and spent a total of fourteen weeks on the country chart.

1980
Merle Haggard and Clint Eastwood were at #1 on the US Country music charts with “Bar Room Buddies”. The song was featured in the film Bronco Billy (starring Clint Eastwood).

1999
Shania Twain’s Come On Over was certified for shipments of 12 million copies, passing her own The Woman In Me as the best-selling country album ever by a female artist.