Born on this day, in Brooklyn, New York, was Eddie Rabbitt, singer-songwriter and musician who as a songwriter in the late 1960s, wrote such hits as “Kentucky Rain” for Elvis Presley in 1970 and “Pure Love” for Ronnie Milsap. Rabbitt also had the 1976 US #1 Country hit with “Drinkin’ My Baby (Off My Mind)”. He died from lung cancer at the age of 56 on 7th May 1998.
Decca Records released Patsy’s Cline’s second studio album Showcase which was produced by Owen Bradley. The album produced two singles that became hits on both the Billboard country and pop charts. The first, “I Fall to Pieces,” became Cline’s first #1 hit on the country chart and also reached the Top 15 on the pop Top 100 in 1961. The follow-up single, “Crazy,” was nearly as big of a hit as “I Fall to Pieces,” peaking in the top five on the Billboard country chart.
Johnny Cash was at #1 on the US Country chart with At San Quentin a recording of a live concert given to the inmates of San Quentin State Prison. The album was nominated for a number of Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and won Best Male Country Vocal Performance for “A Boy Named Sue.”
Clint Black released his second album Put Yourself in My Shoes which went to #1 on the US Billboard Top Country Albums. Two singles “Loving Blind” and “Where Are You Now” from the album reached #1 on the country charts.
Alan Jackson was at #1 on the US country chart with When Somebody Loves You. His ninth studio album produced the singles: “Where I Come From”, “www.memory”, “When Somebody Loves You”, and “It’s Alright to Be a Redneck.”
Reba McEntire was nominated for a People’s Choice Award for her acting in the TV series Reba. During its five seasons on the Friday night lineup, it often ranked 4th in its timeslot, with a few episodes bringing in over 5 million viewers. Reba was broadcast worldwide in over 30 different countries.
During a Thanksgiving Day game at Texas Stadium in Irving, Toby Keith performed “Beer For My Horses,” “Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue” and “How Do You Like Me Now?!”
Rosanne Cash was admitted to New York’s Presbyterian Hospital for brain surgery. The surgery was successful, though recovery was slow, and in March 2008 she was forced to cancel her spring tour dates for further recuperation.