June 18 – This Day in Country Music

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1955
Faron Young’s signature hit, “Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young,” peaked at #1 on the Billboard country chart. The song idea came to Joe Allison while watching a gangster movie starring John Derek. Allison explained, “All through this picture he said, ‘I want to die young and leave a good-looking corpse.’

1969
Glen Campbell was at #1 on the Billboard country album chart with Galveston. The singers thirteenth studio album spent 11 weeks at #1 and 26 weeks on the chart. The album features session drummer Hal Blaine who has played on 50 #1 hits and worked with numerous artists including Elvis Presley, John Denver, The Ronettes, Simon & Garfunkel, The Carpenters, and The Beach Boys.

1976
Born on this day in Ada, Oklahoma, was Blake Shelton, country music artist. In 2001, he made his debut with the single “Austin” released from his self-titled debut album, which went on to spend five weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country charts. Shelton is married to fellow country singer Miranda Lambert, whom he met at the CMT’s 100 Greatest Duets Concert.

1984
Rhinestone starring Dolly Parton and Sylvester Stallone, premiered at Nashville’s Roy Acuff Theater. The Dolly Parton-composed soundtrack produced two Top Ten country singles: “God Won’t Get You” and the chart-topping “Tennessee Homesick Blues”. Parton stated in her memoirs, My Life and Other Unfinished Business, that she regards the soundtrack album as some of her best work.

1997
George Strait was at #1 on the Country chart with Carrying Your Love With Me. The album produced four singles for Strait on the Billboard country charts. “One Night at a Time”, the title track, and “Round About Way.”

2015
Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard were at #1 on the Country album chart with Django & Jimmie. The sixth and final album collaboration between Nelson and Haggard and Haggard’s final album prior to his death in April 2016. The song “Django and Jimmie” is a tribute to musicians Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers.