July 31 – This Day in Country Music


A private aircraft piloted by Jim Reeves crashed during a thunderstorm near Nashville, Tennessee. Both Reeves and business partner Dean Manuel were killed in the crash; their bodies are found two days later following a massive search for the two missing men. Reeves became known as a practitioner of the Nashville sound (a mixture of older country-style music with elements of popular music) and his songs continued to chart for years after his death.

Alabama was at #1 on the Country charts with “Feels So Right” the title track from their second studio album which was their first #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.

Garth Brooks scored his ninth #1 Country single with “The River”, the fifth and final single from his album Ropin’ the Wind.

The Black Crowes filed a lawsuit against Gretchen Wilson for copyright violation, alleging that her song “Work Hard, Play Harder” copied the Crowes song “Jealous Again”.

Brad Paisley performed alongside Carrie Underwood at the inaugural Greenbrier Classic PGA Tour Event in Lewisburg, W.Va. An estimated 60,000 people attended the outdoor event to watch Underwood and Paisley perform in the pouring rain.

American country music songwriter, singer, and radio host Bill Mack died after being diagnosed with COVID-19. His best-known song is “Blue,” one of LeAnn Rimes’ biggest hits. The song won Mack the Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 1997. Mack also wrote “Drinking Champagne,” which has been recorded by numerous artists.