Merle Haggard was at #1 on the country music album chart with The Fightin’ Side of Me. The title track (like the song “Okie from Muskogee”) became a success and gave Haggard a #1 hit single.
Alabama released “Song of the South” which went to #1 on the Country chart. It became the twenty-fourth #1 single for the group. The song was first recorded by American country music artist Bobby Bare on his 1980 album Drunk & Crazy.
Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US country chart with his third studio album, Ropin’ the Wind. The album repelaced his previous album No Fences at the #1 postion, where it enjoyed a combined 18 weeks at the top of the charts.
Alan Jackson released his ninth studio album When Somebody Loves You which became his fifth US Country #1. The album featured the singles “Where I Come From”, “www.memory”, “When Somebody Loves You”, and “It’s Alright to Be a Redneck.”
Kenny Chesney was named the CMA Entertainer of the Year for the third time in four years.
Clint Black took his manager/accountant, Charles Sussman to court in a grievance about royalties. The lawsuit claimed Sussman convinced Black to assign more than $500,000 in royalties to Equity Records, an independent record label in which both Sussman and Black had minority ownership. Black said he got nothing in return for this arrangement but Sussman was taking monthly payments from Equity without his knowledge.