May 30 – This Day in Country Music


Born on this day in Ashland, Kentucky, was Wynonna Judd, country music singer. Her solo albums and singles are all credited to the singular name Wynonna. Wynonna first rose to fame in the 1980s alongside her mother, Naomi, in the country music duo The Judds who scored 14 #1 hits. After The Judds disbanded in 1991, Wynonna began a solo career, seeing her first three singles, “She Is His Only Need”, “I Saw the Light” and “No One Else on Earth” all reaching #1 on the US country singles chart.

Dolly Parton married Carl Thomas Dean in Ringgold, Georgia. She had met Dean at the Wishy-Washy Laundromat two years earlier on her first day in Nashville. On May 30, 2011, the couple celebrated their 45th marriage anniversary.

Merle Haggard was at #1 on the Country music album chart with Okie from Muskogee. The album won the Academy of Country Music award for Album of the Year in 1969. Haggard also won Single of the Year for “Okie from Muskogee” as well as Top Male Vocalist.

Hank Williams Jr. released “Dixie on My Mind” which give him his fourth #1 on the country chart. The track was second single from the album Rowdy.

Randy Travis was back at #1 on the country chart with Always & Forever, his second album. Released from this album were the singles “Too Gone Too Long”, “I Won’t Need You Anymore (Always and Forever)”, “Forever and Ever, Amen” and “I Told You So”, all of which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

Billy Currington held the top spot on the country charts with “Good Directions”. Written by Luke Bryan and Rachel Thibodeau, it was the third and final single from Billy’s 2005 album Doin’ Somethin’ Right and his second #1 hit. The song spent three weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart.

A new museum dedicated to the life of Johnny Cash staged its official opening. The museum in Nashville, Tennessee, was set up by wife and husband team Shannon and Bill Miller and features the largest and most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world.