Born on this day was Jack Guthrie, songwriter and performer whose rewritten version of the Woody Guthrie song “Oklahoma Hills” was a hit in 1945. The two musicians were cousins.
Born on this day in Florence, Alabama was Buddy Killen, record producer and music publisher, and a former owner of Trinity Broadcasting Network, and the largest country music publishing business, before he sold it in 1989. He worked with artists such as Faith Hill, Trace Adkins, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire and Bill Anderson. Killen died in Nashville, Tennessee on November 1, 2006.
Hank Snow was at #1 on the Country music singles charts with “I’m Moving On”. The song, stayed at the top of the charts for 21 weeks and was the first of seven #1 Billboard country hits Snow scored throughout his career.
Johnny Cash Sings the Songs That Made Him Famous was released in the US, the singer, songwriters second album. “There You Go” from the album was a country #1 hit.
“Love Is Like a Butterfly” by Dolly Parton was at #1 on the Country chart, her fourth #1 as a solo artist. Parton used the song as the opening theme for her 1976-77 TV variety show Dolly!. She also uses a butterfly as the “W” in the trade dress for her Dollywood theme park.
Garth Brooks released Scarecrow his ninth studio album which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, and the Top Country Albums chart. Singles released from this album include “Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In?)” (a duet with George Jones, “Wrapped Up in You”, and “Squeeze Me In” (a duet with Trisha Yearwood). It was the last album by Brooks before his ten-year hiatus.
Doug Supernal the Country music artist who had the 1993 US #1 single “I Don’t Call Him Daddy”, died at his home age 60 from lung and bladder cancer.