At the 4th Annual Grammy Awards held at Chicago, Los Angeles and New York Jimmy Dean won Best Country & Western Recording for “Big Bad John.”
Jim Reeves was at #1 on the US Country charts with “Distant Drums.” This was Reeves’ only UK #1 hit – albeit posthumously – in 1966, some two years after his death in a plane crash on 31 July 1964. The song remained in the UK charts for 45 weeks.
Freddy Fender was at #1 on the US country chart with Before The Next Teardrop Falls. The album included the #1 hits “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” and “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights.”
Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US country chart with his third studio album, Ropin’ the Wind. The album repelaced his previous album No Fences at the #1 postion, where it enjoyed a combined 18 weeks at the top of the charts.
Brad Paisley released his second studio album Part II. The title for Paisley’s second album as well as the songs on it were inspired by the movie, Father of the Bride Part II, the follow-up to the movie he went to see on his first date with a girl several years before his first record deal.
Chris Young held the #1 position on the country singles chart with “The Man I Want to Be”. Written by Brett James and Tim Nichols, it was the third single from his second studio album, also titled The Man I Want to Be.
Country singer John Rich was charged with assault and harassment in an ongoing dispute with a former Nashville Star contestant. Rich turned himself in to Nashville police to face the charges filed by Jared Ashley, a contestant during the fourth season of the TV show on the USA network. The 35-year-old was charged with two misdemeanor counts of assault and one misdemeanor count of harassment. He was released on $3,000 bond.
Jason Aldean was at #1 on the Country chart with his eighth studio album Rearview Town his fourth consecutive #1 album in the United States.