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.
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.
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.
Don Bowman died aged 75. He was the original host of radio’s American Country Countdown and writer of Waylon Jennings-Willie Nelson duet “Just to Satisfy You.”
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.