March 23 – This Day in Country Music

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1970
Merle Haggard was at #1 on the US Country chart with “The Fightin’ Side of Me”, one of the most famous of his career. In reference to his own 2002 patriot song, “Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue (The Angry American)”, Toby Keith once called this song “the original Angry American song.”

1981
Dolly Parton was at #1 on the country chart with 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs, her 23rd solo studio release. A concept album about working, the album was centered around Parton’s hit “9 to 5”, which served as the theme song to the film of the same name.

1981
Born on this day in Anaheim, Orange County was country music singer Brett Young. His second album Ticket to L.A. released in 2018 topped the Country album chart.

1990
Ricky Van Shelton was at #1 on the Country chart with his third album RVS III. The singles released from the album were “Statue of a Fool” (#2), “I’ve Cried My Last Tear for You”(#1), “I Meant Every Word He Said” (#2), and “Life’s Little Ups and Downs” (#4).

2006
Cindy Walker the prolific American songwriter, singer who wrote hits such as “Distant Drums”, “Bubbles in My Beer”, “Cherokee Maiden” and “You Don’t Know Me” died aged 87. Walker who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1997 and into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame in March 2011 also had the 1944 hit with “When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again”.