June 21 – This Day in Country Music

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1944
Born on this day was American country music singer and songwriter Kenny O’Dell. He was best known for writing the #1 country hits “Behind Closed Doors” (recorded by Charlie Rich, 1973) and “Mama He’s Crazy” (The Judds, 1984). O’Dell who was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame died on March 27, 2018 age 73.

1959
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.”

1969
Special guests on this week’s Johnny Cash ABC television music variety show included, Eddie Albert, Jerry Reed and Linda Ronstadt.

1970
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.

1976
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.

1989
At the American Cancer Society Jail-A-Thon held in Hendersonville, Johnny Cash was arrested by Sgt. John Graves. Cash called his friend Willie Nelson, who pledged $1,000 for his release. At the end of the day the event had raised over $20,000 for charity.

2004
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.”

2011
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.”