May 21 – This Day in Country Music


Buck Owens was at #1 on the country charts with “My Heart Skips a Beat”, Owens’s third chart topper. “My Heart Skips a Beat” spent seven non-consecutive weeks at the top with a total of twenty-six weeks on the chart. The B-side, “Together Again”, also hit #1 on the country chart both replacing and being replaced by “My Heart Skips a Beat” from the top spot.

Taken from his album Ol’ Waylon, Waylon Jennings started a six week run at #1 on the US Country charts with “Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love).”

Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson were at #1 on the Country charts with “Just to Satisfy You” a song written by Jennings and Don Bowman in 1963. Jennings included the song in his performing repertoire, and on radio. In 1982 he recorded a duet version along with Willie Nelson, that peaked at #1 for two weeks on Billboard Hot Country Singles.

Trisha Yearwood married Robert “Bobby” Reynolds, the bass player for the country music group The Mavericks. The couple divorced in 1999, (she married her current husband Garth Brooks in 2005).

Winners at the 38th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Reba McEntire included: Entertainer of the Year – Toby Keith, Top Male Vocalist – Kenny Chesney, Top Female Vocalist – Martina McBride, Top New Male Vocalist – Joe Nichols, Top Vocal Group – Rascal Flatts, Video of the Year went to Alan Jackson for “Drive (For Daddy Gene)” and Single Record of the Year was won by Kenny Chesney “The Good Stuff.”

Billy Walker the country music singer and guitarist was killed in a car accident when the van he was driving back to Nashville after a performance in Foley, Alabama veered off Interstate 65 in Fort Deposit and overturned. He is best-known for his 1962 hit, “(I’d Like to Be In) Charlie’s Shoes”.