Born on this day, in Sumter, South Carolina. was Lee Brice, country music singer signed to Curb Records. His highest-charting single “A Woman Like You”, reached #1 in April 2012. He also scored Billboard’s Top Country Song of 2010 with “Love Like Crazy”, the title track to his 2010 debut album; the song spent 56 weeks on the Hot Country Songs chart, peaking at # 3 and setting a record for the longest run in the chart’s history.
Dwight Yoakam scored his second consecutive #1 album with Hillbilly Deluxe. Four of its tracks would find their way into the Top 40 of the Hot Country Singles chart in 1987 and 1988, all topping out in the lower half of the Top Ten. Chronologically, they were “Little Sister”, “Little Ways” “Please, Please Baby” and “Always Late with Your Kisses”.
Brooks & Dunn released their debut single “Brand New Man” which peaked at #1 on the Country charts. It made them only the second country music band in history to have its debut single reach #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart (behind Diamond Rio’s “Meet in the Middle” from four months earlier).
Former Oak Ridge Boys singer and guitarist, Steve Sanders died from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head in an apparent suicide in Cape Coral, Florida. Sanders sang lead vocals on such hits as “Gonna Take A Lot Of River” and “Bridges And Walls”. He was 45.
Ray Charles died due to acute liver disease at his home in Los Angeles, California. Charles helped racially integrate country and pop music during the 1960’s. His 1962 album, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music and its sequel Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Vol. 2, helped to bring country into the mainstream of music. His version of the Don Gibson song, “I Can’t Stop Loving You” topped the Pop chart for five weeks.
Just two weeks after winning American Idol, Carrie Underwood made her Grand Ole Opry debut, singing the Roy Orbison classic “Crying”.
Wynonna Judd married musician Cactus Moser, best known as the drummer for Highway 101 at her home in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee.