March 6 – This Day in Country Music


Born on this day near near Kosse, Texas was James Robert Wills, better known as the American Western swing musician Bob Wills who is considered by music authorities as the co-founder of Western swing. Wills who was also a member of The Texas Playboys died on May 13, 1975.

Born on this day in in Higley, Arizona was country singer-songwriter Red Simpson, best known for his trucker-themed songs. His first #1 hit was with “Sam’s Place,” recorded by Buck Owens. Simpson died on January 8, 2016.

American songwriter and musician Peter McCann. He was known for writing successful pop and country songs, including his 1977 solo hit ‘Do You Wanna Make Love’. His songs have been recorded by Lynn Anderson, Karen Carpenter, Crystal Gayle, Mickey Gilley, Lee Greenwood, Nicolette Larson, Reba McEntire, Anne Murray, The Oak Ridge Boys, K.T. Oslin, Buck Owens, and Kenny Rogers. He died on 26 January 2023 age 74.

Born on this day in Redlands, California, was Skip Ewing. Artists who have recorded Ewing’s songs include Conway Twitty, George Jones, Kenny Rogers, George Strait, Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Clint Black, Collin Raye, Diamond Rio, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Trisha Yearwood, Randy Travis and Merle Haggard

Dolly Parton released her ninth solo studio album Touch Your Woman. The album’s title song and single, “Touch Your Woman”, was nominated for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female, at the 15th Annual Grammy Awards.

Born on this day in Amarillo, Texas was country music artist Trent Willmon. Apart from releasing his own albums, as a songwriter he co-wrote Montgomery Gentry’s 2009 single “Back When I Knew It All” and Steel Magnolia’s 2010 single “Keep On Lovin'” and had a co-write on Brad Paisley’s 5th Gear album.

George Jones, in the midst of a comeback this year, was seriously injured when he crashed his Lexus into a bridge. It was later revealed that alcohol was a factor in the accident, and the singer pleaded guilty to drunk driving charges.