June 1 – This Day in Country Music


Born on this day in Mount Airy, North Carolina was Andy Griffith actor, Grammy Award-winning Southern-gospel singer, and writer. His most successful release was the 1996 I Love to Tell the Story: 25 Timeless Hymns, which won a Grammy Award for Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album at the 1997 Grammy Awards. Griffith died on July 3rd 2012.

Born on this day in Greenwood, Arkansas was songwriter and recording artist Wayne Kemp, who penned hit tunes for George Strait, George Jones and Johnny Cash, among many others. He died at Macon County General Hospital in Lafayette, Tennessee on March 9th 2015. One of his most well-known songs gave Johnny Cash his 1976 #1 hit “One Piece at a Time” and also co-wrote “Love Bug” for George Jones.

Born on this day in Coleman, Texas, was Ronnie Dunn, country music artist, best known for being one half of the duo Brooks & Dunn who have won more Country Music Association awards and Academy of Country Music awards than any act in the history of country music. The duo scored the 1991 US Country #1 hit “Brand New Man.”

Born on this day in Houston Texas, was Lisa Hartman Black, American singer and actress. She achieved her most notable success with a duet with her husband Clint Black, entitled “When I Said I Do”. It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts in 1999 and was nominated for a Grammy Award.

I Walk the Line the nineteenth studio album by Johnny Cash was released on Columbia Records. The album peaked at #1 on the Country album charts.

Highwayman, feauturing Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson entered the country chart (where it spent 66 weeks) going on to peak at #1. The album features the single “Desperadoes Waiting For a Train.”

Billy Ray Cyrus was at #1 on the US Country music chart with his breakthrough hit “Achy Breaky Heart”. Written by Don Von Tress it was originally titled “Don’t Tell My Heart” and recorded by The Marcy Brothers in 1991, its name was later changed to “Achy Breaky Heart” In the US it became a crossover hit on pop and country radio, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topping the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, becoming the first Country single to be certified Platinum since Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton’s “Islands in the Stream” in 1983.

Tim McGraw held the #1 position on the country charts with “Please Remember Me”. Co-written by Rodney Crowell and Will Jennings it was originally recorded by Crowell on his 1995 album Please Remember Me. McGraw’s rendition reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks, a position that it held for five weeks. The song was also McGraw’s biggest solo hit on the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at #10.

George Strait appeared in The Alamodome, Downtown San Antonio, Texas before seventy thousand fans in the last concert of the first half of his two-year farewell tour.