Born on this day in Columbia, South Carolina, was James William Anderson III better known as singer, songwriter and television personality Bill Anderson. He has released more than 40 studio albums and has reached #1 on the country charts seven times: In 1995, Billboard magazine named four Anderson compositions -“City Lights,” “Once A Day,” “Still,” and “Mama Sang A Song” – among the top 20 country songs of the past 35 years, more than any other songwriter.
Born on this day in Houston, Texas, was Lyle Lovett, singer-songwriter and actor. Lovett has won four Grammy Awards, including Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Album. It’s Not Big It’s Large was released in 2007, where it debuted and peaked at #2 on the Top Country Albums chart.
Rascal Flatts released their version of “Bless the Broken Road” which became their third US #1 Country single. Spending five weeks at the top of the charts it also won a Grammy Award for Best Country Song.
The Marty Stuart Show began airing on cable’s RFD-TV. Each episode featured music by Stuart and his band the Fabulous Superlatives, as well as his wife, Grand Ole Opry star Connie Smith, banjo-picker Leroy Troy, and guests.
Miranda Lambert released her fourth studio album Four the Record. The album was a widespread critical success and the highest-charting record of Lambert’s career at the time, reaching #3 on the Billboard 200.