May 29 – This Day in Country Music


George Jones released “Play It Cool, Man” on Starday Records. It is the oldest recording to be included on his debut album released in 1956.

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.