June 12 – This Day in Country Music

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1937
Born on this day, was Chips Moman, American record producer, guitarist, and songwriter. As a record producer, Moman is known for recording Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Gary Stewart, Tammy Wynette and Ronnie Milsap.

1973
Dolly Parton recorded “I Will Always Love You” during sessions at RCA’s Studio B in Nashville. Parton wrote the song for her one-time partner and mentor Porter Wagoner, from whom she was separating professionally after a seven-year partnership. When released in March 1974 the song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Whitney Houston’s version of the song for the 1992 film The Bodyguard holds the record for being the best-selling single by a woman in music history.

1988
Randy Travis was at #1 on the US Country charts with, “I Told You So”, taken from his 1988 album Always & Forever. Carrie Underwood released a cover version of the song on her 2007 album Carnival Ride.

2007
Toby Keith released his eleventh studio album Big Dog Daddy which became his fifth #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. This was also the first album of Keith’s career that he produced entirely on his own.

2017
Dolly Parton made the Forbes Rich list for the first time thanks to a 63 date tour and income from her Dollywood theme park. Forbes listed the Country singers earrings at $37m over the previous year.