May 11 – This Day in Country Music

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1969
Glen Campbell was at #1 on the Billboard country album chart with Galveston. The singers thirteenth studio album spent 11 weeks at #1 and 26 weeks on the chart. The title track written by Jimmy Webb, describes a soldier waiting to go into battle who thinks of the woman he loves and his hometown of Galveston, Texas.

1979
Lester Raymond Flatt the bluegrass musician died. Best known for his work in the Bluegrass duo The Foggy Mountain Boys he was also known as “Flatt and Scruggs,” with banjo picker Earl Scruggs who performed “The Ballad of Jed Clampett”, which was used as the theme for the television show The Beverly Hillbillies. He also released many solo and collaboration works and hed been a member of Bill Monroe’s band during the 1940s.

1997
Trace Adkins married Rhonda Forlaw at Nashville’s Belle Meade Mansion in front of over 800 guests. Adkins performed a song he wrote for his bride: “The Rest Of Mine.”

2004
Gretchen Wilson released her debut album Here for the Party, which featured her breakthrough single, “Redneck Woman.” The album received four Grammy nominations: Best New Artist, Best Country Album, Best Country Song (“Redneck Woman”) and Best Female Country Vocal Performance (“Redneck Woman”). Gretchen Wilson won Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

2010
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert became engaged after five years of dating.