Born on this day in Paul’s Valley, Oklahoma, was Jean Shepard, honky tonk singer, songwriter, who has scored the hits “Second Fiddle (To An Old Guitar),” “A Satisfied Mind” and a Ferlin Husky duet, “A Dear John Letter.” In 2005, Shepard celebrated 50 years as a member of the Opry and is the longest-living female member of the Opry to date. She died on September 25, 2016 aged 82.
Merle Haggard released the single “Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star” as the first single from the album Chill Factor. “Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star” was the last of Merle Haggard’s thirty-four #1 singles as a solo artist.
Alabama were at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with a song written by Roger Murrah and Randy VanWarme “I’m In A Hurry (And Don’t Know Why).”
Garth Brooks released his sixth studio album Fresh Horses which peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart, and #1 on the Top Country Albums chart. The album had a worldwide radio ban until it was available to buy. Only the two singles issued (“She’s Every Woman” and “The Fever”) were allowed to be played before this date, the latter of which was a new country-rock version of an old Aerosmith song).