Lynn Anderson was at #1 on the country music album chart with Rose Garden. The title track went on to top the country charts, where it stayed at the #1 position for five weeks, and reached #3 on the pop charts in 1971. Anderson received a Grammy Award for the song for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.
RCA Records released “I Will Always Love You” by Dolly Parton, the second single from Parton’s thirteenth solo studio album, Jolene. Recorded on June 13, 1973, the singer wrote the song for her one-time partner and mentor Porter Wagoner, from whom she was professionally splitting at the time.
The movie Urban Cowboy, starring John Travolta and Debra Winger, opened in American theaters. The movie, which showcased Mickey Gilley’s nightclub, was a huge success at the box office and its soundtrack included several major hits.
Randy Travis released “Whisper My Name” the second single from his album This Is Me which became his fifteenth US Country #1 hit.
Rascal Flatts released their self titled debut studio album. The album produced four singles on the Billboard country charts in “Prayin’ for Daylight”, “This Everyday Love”, “While You Loved Me” and “I’m Movin’ On”, all of which charted in the Top Ten on the Hot Country Songs charts.
Rascal Flatts held the top position on the country charts with Me and My Gang. The album went double platinum in the first month of release and has sold almost 5m copies in the US. The singles released from this album included “What Hurts the Most”.