June 12 – This Day in Country Music


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.

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.

Waylon Jennings was at #1 on the US country album charts with Ol’ Waylon. The album features one of his signature songs, a track featuring Willie Nelson called “Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)”, as well as the Neil Diamond song “Sweet Caroline”, a version of Kenny Rogers’ “Lucille” and a medley of the two Arthur Crudup songs previous recorded by Elvis.

Born on this day, was Chris Young, country music artist who in 2006 was declared the winner of the television program Nashville Star, a singing competition which aired on the USA Network. His self-titled debut album produced two singles: “Drinkin’ Me Lonely” and “You’re Gonna Love Me”. From his second album, “Voices”, “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song)”, and “The Man I Want to Be”; reached #1 on the country singles chart. He scored another #1 with “Tomorrow” off his Neon album and in February 2012 he had his fifth straight #1 with “You”.

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.

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.

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.