July 3 – This Day in Country Music


Born on this day in Texas City, Texas, was Johnny Lee country music singer whose 1980 single, “Lookin’ for Love” spent three weeks at the top of the Billboard country singles chart in 1980 He racked up a series of country hits in the early and mid-80s.

Born on this day in Pensacola, Florida, was Aaron Tippin, country music artist and record producer. His debut single, “You’ve Got to Stand for Something” became a popular anthem for American soldiers fighting in the Gulf War. Tippin also scored the 1992 US Country #1 hit “There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong with the Radio.”

Born on this day in Lawrence, Kansas, was Sarah Buxton, singer, songwriter who had the 2012 US Country #1 hit with David Nail, “Let It Rain.”

The film Honeysuckle Rose, starring Willie Nelson, made its world premiere in Austin, Texas. The plot sees Buck Bonham (Willie Nelson) a country singer, with a good family, struggling to find national fame. He juggles his music career with his responsibilities to his wife and son. He has everything going his way until the daughter of his former guitarist joins his tour. The road leads to temptation, which leads to his downfall.

Garth Brooks was at #1 on the country charts with “That Summer”. Written by Garth Brooks, Pat Alger and Sandy Mahl and taken from his fourth studio album The Chase, the track also appears on The Hits, The Ultimate Hits, The Limited Series and Double Live.

Songwriter Johnny MacRae died at his home in Ashland City aged 84. He wrote such country hits as Conway Twitty’s “I’d Love to Lay You Down,” Reba McEntire’s “You Lift Me Up to Heaven,” and Highway 101’s “Whiskey, if You Were a Woman”.

American singer songwriter Craig J. Martin died age 52. He co-wrote “Don’t Take the Girl” a massive hit in 1994 for Tim McGraw, becoming the singer’s first Country #1. He wrote songs for George Jones, Southern Comfort, Creed Fisher, Rod Stewart, Gerald Smith and Coly Preston. By coincidence, his cowriter on that song, Larry Johnson, died exactly three weeks before Martin.