October 18 – This Day in Country Music


Ode to Billie Joe the debut album by Bobbie Gentry was at #1 on the chart. It was the only album to displace The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band from its 15-week reign at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart. The recording of the title track “Ode to Billie Joe” generated eight Grammy nominations, resulting in three wins for Gentry and one win for arranger Jimmie Haskell.

George Jones and Tammy Wynette released “We Go Together”, Jones’ first album with Epic and his then wife Tammy Wynette. Jones’ first album with producer Billy Sherrill went on to peak at #3 on the Country charts.

Johnny Cash received the United Nations Humanitarian Award for his longstanding support for two children’s homes in Jamaica and his work for the Youth For Christ Organisation. The ceremony was held at the Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville.

Randy Travis was back at #1 on the country chart with Always & Forever, his second album. Released from this album were the singles “Too Gone Too Long”, “I Won’t Need You Anymore (Always and Forever)”, “Forever and Ever, Amen” and “I Told You So”, all of which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

Alabama released “Forever’s as Far as I’ll Go” the third single from their album Pass It On Down which went to #1 on the Country chart. It became the groups twenty-ninth #1 Country hit.

Kenny Chesney was at #1 on the Country chart with his fourteenth studio album Hemingway’s Whiskey. Four of the albums singles; “The Boys of Fall”, “Somewhere with You”, “Live a Little”, and “Reality” have all hit #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.