May 13 – This Day in Country Music

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1966
Born on this day in Charleston, South Carolina, was Darius Rucker, lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Hootie & the Blowfish who had the 2008 US Country #1 hit “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.” Rucker won the Country Music Association’s New Artist of the Year in 2009. Rucker scored two US Country #1’s in 2010 with “Come Back Song’, and “This”.

1975
American Western swing musician Bob Wills died. Wills who was also a member of The Texas Playboys is considered by music authorities as the co-founder of Western swing. He was recording an album with fan Merle Haggard in 1973 when a stroke left him comatose until his death. From the 1970’s until his 2002 death, Waylon Jennings performed a song called “Bob Wills is Still the King”.

1993
Born on this day, American country music singer and songwriter Morgan Wallen. His second album, Dangerous: The Double Album, released in January 2021, became the only country album in the 64-year history of the Billboard 200 to spend its first seven weeks at No. 1. It went on to spend a total of ten weeks at that spot, the first album to do so since Whitney Houston’s Whitney in 1987.

2006
Rascal Flatts held the top position on the country charts with Me and My Gang. The album went double platinum in the first month of release and has sold almost 5m copies in the US. The singles released from this album included “What Hurts the Most”.