March 13 – This Day in Country Music

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1930
Born on this day in West Plains, Missouri, was Jan Howard country music singer and Grand Ole Opry star. Howard’s biggest hit and signature song is the 1966 country hit “Evil on Your Mind”, which peaked at #5 on the Billboard country charts. Howard died on March 28, 2020 age 91 fifteen days after her 91st birthday, in Gallatin, Tennessee.

1972
Winners at the Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Dick Clark from Knott’s Berry Farm Buena Park included: Top Female Vocalist of the Year – Loretta Lynn, Top Male Vocalist of the Year – Freddie Hart, Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year – Barbara Mandell, Top Television Personality of the Year – Glen Campbell and Song of the Year – Freddie Hart “Easy Lovin'”.

1980
Willie Nelson was at #1 on the country chart with “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys”, the title of a song from the soundtrack to the 1979 film The Electric Horseman, (starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda and directed by Sydney Pollack). Written by Sharon Vaughn, it become his fifth #1.

1987
George Strait was at #1 on the country chart with Ocean Front Property, his seventh studio album and Strait’s first to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart. It was ranked #5 on CMT’s list of 40 Greatest Albums in Country Music in 2006.

2005
Rascal Flatts was at #1 on the US Country music album chart with Feels Like Today, which as now sold over 5m copies in the US alone.