June 6 – This Day in Country Music

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1943
Born on this day in Springhill, Webster Parish, Louisiana, was Joe Stampley, singer who had the 1973 US #1 hit with “Soul Dog” and the 1975 US #1 country hit with “Roll On Big Mama.”

1955
Born on this day, was Curtis Wright, American country music artist. He made his debut in 1989 with the single “She’s Got a Man on her Mind”. By 1994, he and frequent songwriting partner Robert Ellis Orrall had formed a duo known as Orrall & Wright who wrote Ronnie Milsap’s #1 single “A Woman in Love”.

1971
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.

1974
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.

1980
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.

1994
Randy Travis released “Whisper My Name” the second single from his album This Is Me which became his fifteenth US Country #1 hit.

2000
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.

2006
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”.