June 29 – This Day in Country Music


Tammy Wynette was at #1 on the US Country singles chart with “D-I-V-O-R-C-E.” Written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman, the song is a woman’s perspective on the impending collapse of her marriage. The lyrics begin with an old parenting trick of spelling out words mothers and fathers hope their young children will not understand, they (the children) being not yet able to spell or comprehend the word’s meaning. The original Tammy Wynette recording features in the films Five Easy Pieces and Brokeback Mountain.

Jerry Reed was at #1 on the US Country chart with, “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot”, his most successful on the country charts peaking at #1 for five weeks.

Vince Gill released “I Still Believe in You” as the first single from his album of the same name which became his first US Country #1 hit.

The Country Music Association announced it would add four new Country Music Hall of Fame members in September: Elvis Presley, Tammy Wynette, George Morgan and former Grand Ole Opry executive E.W. “Bud” Wendell.

Mike Curb the founder of Curb Records was honored with the 2,341st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Canada Post issued the limited edition Anne Murray Stamp. She was recognized along with three other iconic Canadian recording artists: Paul Anka, Gordon Lightfoot, and Joni Mitchell.

Dolly Parton pulled a huge crowd for her debut Glastonbury set, performing some of her biggest hits during the UK festival. The singer was greeted by the biggest crowd of the weekend, with many dressed in Dolly wigs with fake balloon boobs. One flag in the audience read: “Dolly, take me to your bosom.”