May 25 – This Day in Country Music


    Born on this day in Olive Hill, Kentucky, was Tom T. Hall, country music singer-songwriter. Hall has written 11 #1 hit songs, with 26 more that reached the Top 10, including “Harper Valley PTA” a hit for Jeannie C. Riley in 1968. He became known as ‘The Storyteller,’ due to his storytelling skills in his songwriting. He died on 20 August 2021 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

    Born on this day in Fayetteville, North Carolina was guitarist Jimmy Capps. He was a member of the Grand Ole Opry house band and The Nashville A-Team. He performed on standards the likes of Rogers’ “The Gambler,” Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man,” George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and Strait’s “Amarillo By Morning.” Capps died on June 2 2020 age 81.

    Born on this day in Phoenix, Arizona, was Jessi Colter country music artist who is best known for her collaboration with her husband, Waylon Jennings and for her 1975 country-pop crossover hit “I’m Not Lisa”.

    Bobby Goldsboro was at #1 on the Country chart with “Honey,” also known as “Honey (I Miss You).” Written by Bobby Russell, who first produced it with former Kingston Trio member Bob Shane. Then he gave it to American singer Bobby Goldsboro who recorded it for his tenth album. “Honey” spent five weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.

    Hag the thirteenth studio album by Merle Haggard was at #1 on the country chart, becoming his fifth album to top the Billboard country album charts.

    Country music songwriter Ben Peters died. Charley Pride recorded 40 of his songs and 4 of them went to #1 on the American country charts. Peters was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1980.

    Garth Brooks proposed to his longtime girlfriend and fellow country music star Trisha Yearwood in Bakersfield, California, ending long-standing speculation about their relationship