May 18 This Day in Country Music

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1948
Born on this day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was Joseph Bonsall, Jr., singer with The Oak Ridge Boys who scored the 1978 US Country #1 “I’ll Be True To You.”

1952
Born on this day in Poteet, Texas, was George Strait, country music singer, actor, and producer. Strait who is referred to as the “King of Country,” is known for his unique style of western swing music, bar-room ballads, honky-tonk style. Strait holds the world record for more #1 hit singles than any other artist in the history of music on any chart or in any genre, having recorded 60 #1 hit singles.

1975
Five times married country singer, Tammy Wynette was at #1 on the UK singles chart with “Stand By Your Man.” Originally recorded and released as a single in 1968 in the USA, it proved to be the most successful record of Wynette’s career and is one of the most covered songs in the history of country music.

1979
Born on this day in Kennett, Missouri, was David Nail country music singer, songwriter. His 2009 album release I’m About to Come Alive produced three singles: the title track, “Red Light”, and “Turning Home”; the latter two reached Top 20. His second studio album, The Sound of a Million Dreams, was released in November 2011; “Let It Rain” hit #1 in January 2012.

1986
Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings appeared in a CBS-TV remake of the western movie Stagecoach along with June Carter, John Carter Cash, John Schneider, Jessi Colter, David Allan Coe and Billy Swan

2003
The funeral for June Carter Cash was held at the First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee. A wheelchair-bound Johnny Cash sat in the front row, along with Hank Williams Jr., Tom T. Hall, Kris Kristofferson, Rodney Crowell, Marty Stuart, Connie Smith, Trisha Yearwood and Ricky Skaggs. Emmylou Harris, Larry Gatlin, The Oak Ridge Boys and Sheryl Crow all performed at the memorial.

2020
Kenny Chesney was at #1 on the Country chart with his nineteenth studio album Here and Now, Chesney’s 16th top 10 album.