March 26 – This Day in Country Music


Born on this day, was Larry Butler, country music producer, songwriter. From the mid-1970s through the 1980s, he worked with Kenny Rogers. These albums include Kenny Rogers (1976), The Gambler (1978), Gideon (1980) and I Prefer The Moonlight (1987). Butler is the only Nashville producer to win the Grammy Award for Producer of the year.

Hank Williams appeared on The Kate Smith Evening Hour TV show performing “Hey Good Lookin'”. He later joined in with the rest of the cast singing his own “I Saw The Light”. Footage from this show was later used for the “There’s A Tear In My Beer” video some 37 years later.

Born on this day in Knoxville, Tennessee, was Kenny Chesney country music singer and songwriter. Chesney has recorded 15 albums which have produced more than 30 Top Ten singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, 20 of which climbed to the top of the charts.

Charlie Rich was at #1 on the US Country chart with Behind Closed Doors. The album received three Country Music Association awards: Best Male Vocalist, Album of the Year, and Single of the Year, for the title song written by Kenny O’Dell. The album also went gold. Rich won the Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance, and he took home four Academy of Country Music awards.

The Woman in Me the second studio album by Shania Twain was at #1 on the Country chart. It went onto become her biggest-selling recording at the time of its release, selling 4 million copies by the end of the year. “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?”, a song about a woman confronting her lover about his frequent infidelity, was released at the first single from the album.