November 16 – This Day in Country Music


Born on this day in Bighill, Madison County, Kentucky, was Troy Seals, singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He is a member of the prominent Seals family of musicians that includes, Jim Seals (of Seals and Crofts) and Dan Seals (of England Dan & John Ford Coley) and Brady Seals (Little Texas and Hot Apple Pie). Seals has played guitar on numerous sessions and has collaborated on compositions with Waylon Jennings, Vince Gill, Will Jennings and others. He has had three co-written compositions nominated for the Country Music Association ‘Song of the Year’ award: “Seven Spanish Angels” (1985), “Lost in the Fifties Tonight” (1986), and “If You Ever Have Forever In Mind” (1999).

Patsy Cline recorded “I Fall to Pieces” which the following year became Cline’s first #1 hit on the Country charts, and her second hit single to cross over onto the Pop charts. It was the first of a string of songs that would be written by Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard. The song was ranked at #7 on CMT’s television special of the 100 Greatest Songs in Country Music.

Garth Brooks’ third studio album Ropin’ The Wind was certified for shipments of 10 million copies, making Brooks the first country artist to reach that plateau with two different releases. The album which had a combined 18 weeks at the top of the charts has gone to sell over 17 million copies world wide.

CBS aired I Walk The Line: A Night For Johnny Cash featuring Dwight Yoakam, Brad Paisley, Kris Kristofferson, Martina McBride, Jerry Lee Lewis, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock, Reese Witherspoon and Alison Krauss Joaquin Phoenix.

Miranda Lambert went to #1 on the Country chart with her seventh studio album Wildcard which features the singles “It All Comes Out in the Wash” and “Bluebird”.