Charlie Rich was at #1 on the US Country singles chart with “The Most Beautiful Girl” which was also a #1 on the pop charts. “The Most Beautiful Girl” was also recorded by Slim Whitman in the 1970s.
Wanted: The Outlaws, featuring Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser and Jessi Colter, became the first country album to receive the new platinum certification, signifying one million units sold.
Johnny Cash was honoured with the Pride Of Tennessee Award for his promotion of a statewide campaign against adult illiteracy. The recent movie Pride of Jessie Hallam was the basis for the award, which was established by Governor Lamar Alexander.
Hot Country Nights began a one-season run on NBC. The series was created to cash in on the exploding popularity of country music, and showcased several acts on each episode; featured on the premiere were Alabama, Clint Black, K.T. Oslin, Kenny Rogers and Pam Tillis.
Ashland, Kentucky, proclaimed Billy Ray Cyrus Day, presenting the singer with a key to the city. A section of Kentucky Route 693 in nearby Flatwoods was renamed Billy Ray Cyrus Boulevard.
Toby Keith’s was at #1 on Billboard country singles chart with “I Wanna Talk About Me”. His second single from the album Pull My Chain became his seventh chart topper.