May 12 – This Day in Country Music


Born on this day in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, was Billy Swan, singer, songwriter best known for his 1974 US Country #1 and crossover hit single, “I Can Help”. Swan also penned country songs for numerous artists, including Conway Twitty, Waylon Jennings, and Mel Tillis.

Born on this day, was Kix Brooks III, country music artist, best known for being one half of the duo Brooks & Dunn who have won more Country Music Association awards and Academy of Country Music awards than any act in the history of country music.

Dolly Parton had the country #1 single with “It’s All Wrong, But It’s All Right”. Originally appearing on Parton’s Here You Come Again album, “It’s All Wrong, But It’s All Right” became Dolly Parton’s seventh #1 country single as a solo artist.

The Pizza Hut chain of restaurants introduced the new Blake Shelton signature product, Blake’s Smokehouse BBQ Pizza.

Nashville songwriter Glenn Martin died age 86. Martin was one of the first members of the Nashville Songwriters Association International and penned country classics including Merle Haggard’s “It’s Not Love (But It’s Not Bad)” and Tammy Wynette’s “Fairy Tales.” Martin’s first songwriting successes occurred in 1969 when Ray Price recorded “April’s Fool” and Bobby Bare released “Which One Will It Be.” Both songs became top-20 country hits.