June 21 – This Day in Country Music


Born on this day in South Charleston, West Virginia, was Kathy Mattea, singer, songwriter, who has recorded seventeen albums and has charted more than thirty singles on the Billboard Hot Country charts. This total includes the #1 hits “Goin’ Gone”, “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses”, “Come From the Heart” and “Burnin’ Old Memories.”

Special guests on this week’s Johnny Cash ABC television music variety show included, Eddie Albert, Jerry Reed and Linda Ronstadt.

Conway Twitty held the #1 position on the country charts with “Hello Darlin'”. Twitty’s fourth #1 song was named the #1 song of 1970 and aside from being Twitty’s standard concert opener, the song became a country standard as well as his signature song.

Reba McEntire married Charlie Battles at the First Baptist Church in Stringtown, Oklahoma. They had their honeymoon in Texas, where they promoted her latest single to local radio stations.

Gretchen Wilson’s debut album, Here For The Party, was certified gold and platinum simultaneously. The album featured Wilson’s breakthrough debut single, “Redneck Woman.”

People magazine reported that 75-year-old Glen Campbell had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. “I still love making music,” said Campbell. “And I still love performing for my fans. I’d like to thank them for sticking with me through thick and thin.”