March 27 – This Day in Country Music


Roger Miller was at #1 on the US Country charts with “King Of The Road.” The song has been covered by many other artists, including George Jones, Dean Martin, Boxcar Willie, Randy Travis, the Statler Brothers, Rufus Wainwright & Teddy Thompson, The Proclaimers and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Clint Black was at #1 on the US Country charts with “When My Ship Comes In”, the final single released from his 1992 album The Hard Way.

Lyle Lovett was rushed to Houston’s Memorial Hermann Hospital after his leg was broken in 20 places when a bull trampled him. The Country star was working on his uncle’s Texas ranch at the time of the accident; Lovett was injured when trying to protect his uncle, who was flipped by the bull.

Curb Records released Let It Go, the eleventh album by Tim McGraw. The album, which entered the US Billboard 200 at #1, produced seven Top 20 chart singles on the Hot Country Songs charts.

Shania Twain was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame during the Juno Awards.

Gordon Stoker died aged 88. He was a member of the world-famous Jordanaires and was heard on records by artists such as Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline and Jim Reeves.

American country music singer and songwriter Kenny O’Dell died age 73. He was best known for writing the #1 country hits “Behind Closed Doors” (recorded by Charlie Rich, 1973) and “Mama He’s Crazy” (The Judds, 1984). O’Dell was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.