October 13 – This Day in Country Music

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1946
Born on this day in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, was Lacy J. Dalton country singer and songwriter known for her gritty, powerful vocals. Dalton had a number of hits in the 1980s, including “Takin’ It Easy,” “Crazy Blue Eyes” and “16th Avenue.”

1959
Born on this day in Ogden, Utah, was Marie Osmond singer, actress, doll designer, and a member of the show business family The Osmonds. She scored a US #1 hit in 1973 with her version of the country pop ballad “Paper Roses.”

1969
Born on this day in Valdosta, Georgia, was Rhett Akins, Country singer, songwriter who scored the 1996 US Country #1 hit “Don’t Get Me Started.” Akins has written singles for other country music singers, primarily as one-third of the songwriting team The Peach Pickers alongside Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip.

1978
Dolly Parton was at #1 on the US country music album chart with Heartbreaker, her 20th solo studio album. The title song, a ballad written by Carole Bayer Sager, topped the US country charts, and became Parton’s third top-forty pop hit.

1980
Johnny Cash was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame. The presentation was made by Kenny Rogers.

1990
Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US country album chart with his second studio album, No Fences. The album remains Brooks’ best-seller to date with 17 million copies sold in the US alone.