May 31 – This Day in Country Music


Born on this day in Greenfield, Ohio, was Johnny Paycheck, (Donald Eugene Lytle), singer and Grand Ole Opry member most famous for recording the David Allan Coe song “Take This Job and Shove It”, which was a US Country #1 in 1978. Paycheck died on February 19, 2003.

Born on this in Denver, Colorado was Wayne Carson, country musician, songwriter, and record producer. He played percussion, piano, guitar, and bass. His most famous songs as a writer include “Neon Rainbow”, “The Letter”, and “Always on My Mind” (written with Mark James and Johnny Christopher). Carson died on July 20, 2015, aged 72

Johnny Cash appeared at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. The Grand Ole Opry started as the WSM Barn Dance in the new fifth-floor radio studio of the National Life & Accident Insurance Company in downtown Nashville on November 28, 1925.

Del Reeves was at #1 on the country charts with “Girl on the Billboard”. The novelty song was Reeves’ fourth entry on the country chart and his only #1 single. “Girl on the Billboard” which spent two weeks at the top of the charts has become one of many country standards about lust.

Kenny Rogers and Dottie West held the top position on the Country chart with Every Time Two Fools Collide, the duo’s first album together. The album spawned two big country hits: the title track went to #1 followed up by the #2 hit “Anyone Who Isn’t Me Tonight”.

Tim McGraw was at #1 on the coutry chart with “Don’t Take The Girl”. Written by Craig Martin and Larry W. Johnson, the song was Tim’s fifth single overall, and his first #1 single on the Hot Country Songs chart, it was also a successful pop song, reaching #17 on the Hot 100.