June 5 – This Day in Country Music

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1993
Country singer Conway Twitty died from an abdominal aortic aneurysm. He had the 1958 US & UK #1 single “It’s Only Make Believe”. Until 2000, he held the record for the most #1 singles of any country act, with 45 #1’s. He lived in Hendersonville, Tennessee, just north of Nashville, where he built a country music entertainment complex called Twitty City.

2007
Gretchen Wilson was at #1 on the country charts with One of the Boys, her third album. The album produced three chart singles for Wilson on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts: “Come to Bed” (a duet with John Rich of Big & Rich), followed by the title track and “You Don’t Have to Go Home”, the first single of Wilson’s career to miss Top 40 on the country charts.

2012
Alan Jackson released his seventeenth studio album Thirty Miles West, the first album on his own Alan’s Country Records in a joint venture with EMI Nashville. Thirty Miles West became his tenth US Country #1.

2013
A limited-edition Forever stamp honoring Johnny Cash went on sale. The stamp featured a promotional picture of Cash taken around the 1963 release of Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash.

2013
Don Bowman the American country music singer, songwriter, comedian and radio host died age 75. He was best known for co-writing the hits “Just To Satisfy You” and “Wildwood Weed.” He was the original host of American Country Countdown and the first Country Music Association Comedian of the Year.