July 4 – This Day in Country Music


Born on this day in Annville, Jackson County, Kentucky, was David Akeman better known as Stringbean (or String Bean), American country music banjo player and comedy musician best known for his role on the hit television show, Hee Haw. On November 10, 1973, Akeman and his wife were murdered by burglars at their rural Tennessee home after they returned home after he performed at the Grand Ole Opry.

Buck Owens was at #1 on the Country singles chart with “My Heart Skips a Beat”, Owens’s third #1. The B-side, “Together Again”, also hit #1 on the country chart both replacing and being replaced by “My Heart Skips a Beat” from the top spot.

Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic in Austin featured the first live assembly of the Highwaymen: Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson. Also appearing was, Neil Young, Hank Snow and June Carter Cash.

Johnny Cash released American V – A Hundred Highways his 93rd overall album and a posthumous album by Johnny Cash. As the title implies, it is the fifth entry in Cash’s American series. Like its predecessors, American V: A Hundred Highways was produced by Rick Rubin and released on Rubin’s American Recordings record.

Kenny Chesney’s “Here and Now” becomes his 31st #1 single on the Country Airplay chart, making Chesney the artist with the most #1 singles on that chart.