November 8 – This Day in Country Music

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1927
Born on this day was Patti Page. Page’s signature song, “Tennessee Waltz”, recorded in 1950, was one of the biggest-selling singles of the 20th century, and is also one of the nine official state songs of Tennessee. She was the best-selling female artist of the 1950s and sold over 100 million records. Page died aged 85 on Jan 1st 2013.

1931
Born on this day in Bremen, Georgia was music industry executive and producer Harold Shedd best known for his role as producer of the country group Alabama as well as Reba McEntire, Shania Twain and Toby Keith.

1956
During recording sessions, Patsy Cline laid down four songs including Walkin’ After Midnight, which was written for and rejected by singer Kay Starr. Originally Cline was not fond of Walkin’ After Midnight, but after making a compromise with her label, she recorded it and it became Cline’s first major hit single.

1999
Dixie Chicks released “Cowboy Take Me Away” from their album, Fly. The song’s title is derived from a famous slogan used in commercials for Calgon bath and beauty products. It went on to reach #1 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in February 2000.

2015
Charlie Dick, the widower of Patsy Cline, and a man who was very much responsible for helping to keep the artistic legacy of his late wife intact over the years, died in his sleep aged 81. Dick married Cline on Sept. 15, 1957, after meeting her the year before at a local dance.