Patsy Cline and her brother Sam Hensley, Jr. were both seriously injured in a car accident outside the Madison High School in Nashville. During her two month hospital stay, her song “I Fall to Pieces” gave the singer her first Country #1 and also became a huge country-pop crossover hit.
Both LeAnne’s Rimes’ and Trisha Yearwood’s versions of “How Do I Live” debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100. LeAnn Rimes’ version peaked at #2 and spent a record-breaking 69 weeks on the chart, more than any other song in history until Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” in 2009. Yearwood’s version climbed all the way to #2 on the country charts.
Carrie Underwood released her debut single “Inside Your Heaven.” The song won Underwood the Billboard Music Awards for “Top-Selling Country Single of the Year” and “Top-Selling Hot 100 Song of the Year.” The track was later included on the North American version of her debut album, Some Hearts.
Merle Haggard was presented an honorary doctorate by California State University, Bakersfield. The doctor of fine arts honor, the first in CSUB’s history, was conferred during School of Arts & Humanities commencement ceremonies.
Jimmy Buffett was at #1 on the Country chart with his thirtieth studio album Life on the Flip Side. It became his twelfth Billboard 200 top 10 album and highest-charting album in over 15 years.