May 5 – This Day in Country Music

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1928
Born on this day in Bessemer City, North Carolina, was Marshall Grant, upright bassist and electric bassist with Johnny Cash’s original backing duo, the Tennessee Two, in which Grant and electric guitarist Luther Perkins played. The group became known as The Tennessee Three in 1960, with the addition of drummer W. S. Holland. Grant also served as road manager for Cash and his touring show company. He died on August 7, 2011.

1942
Born on this day in Tremont, Mississippi was Tammy Wynette. Known as the first lady of country music. Her best-known song, “Stand by Your Man”, was one of the biggest selling hit singles by a woman in the history of the country music genre. Later in her career Wynette had the 1991 hit “Justified and Ancient” with The KLF which became a #1 hit in eighteen countries. She died from cardiac arrhythmiaon aged 55 on 6th April 1998.

1976
Mickey Gilley had the #1 song on the country singles chart with “Don’t the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time”. Written by Baker Knight the song became Gilley’s fifth #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

1992
Aaron Tippin was at #1 on the US Country charts with, “There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong with the Radio”. The fourth single of his career, it was also the first release from his second album, 1992’s Read Between the Lines. The song was not only the first #1 hit of his career, but also his longest-lasting, at three weeks.

2006
Rascal Flatts were at #1 on the Country charts with their fourth studio album Me and My Gang which became the best selling country album of 2006. The singles released from this album included “What Hurts the Most”, which was a #1 hit followed by the title track (which reached #6), and then the #1 hits “My Wish” and “Stand”.