November 6 – This Day in Country Music


Born on this day in Tabor City, North Carolina was Stonewall Jackson who achieved his greatest fame during country’s “golden” honky tonk era in the 1950s and early 1960s when he scored the #1 hits “Waterloo” and “B.J. the D.J.”

Born on this day in Monahans, Texas, was Guy Clark, Grammy Award winning country musician, songwriter who has released more than twenty albums, and his songs have been recorded by other artists including Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Buffett, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, and Rodney Crowell. Clark won the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Folk Album: My Favorite Picture Of You. Clark died on May 17, 2016 aged 74.

Hank Williams recut a version of his song “Honky Tonkin'” during sessions at Castle Studio, Nashville. Waylon Jennings later recorded his version of the song for his 1992 album Ol’ Waylon Sings Ol’ Hank.

Special guests on this week’s syndicated US music television series The Glen Campbell Music Show included Roger Miller who performed “King of the Road” and then with Glen Campbell played “Southern Nights”, “Goin’ Back to Alabam”, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” and “It’s Your World (Boys and Girls)”.

Hank Thompson died from lung cancer, aged eighty-two. His career which spanned seven decades saw him sell over 60 million records worldwide. He was a leader in the music industry with accomplishments including the first music-based television show to be broadcast in color, the first artist to travel with sound and lighting systems and the first to record a live album.