October 19 – This Day in Country Music


    Born on this day in Anson, Texas, was Jeannie C. Riley (born Jeanne Carolyn Stephenson, country music and gospel singer who is best known for her 1968 country #1 and pop hit “Harper Valley PTA”. In 1980, she published her autobiography, From Harper Valley to the Mountain Top.

    Born on this day in Tifton, Georgia, was Cyndi Thomson, her debut 2001 single, “What I Really Meant to Say”, became a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

    Six airplanes rocked their wings in a salute to John Denver before a memorial service. Taped recordings of four of his songs were played during the funeral service at Faith Presbyterian Church, attended by about 2,000 people in the Denver suburb.

    Alan Jackson released “Right on the Money” which became his sixteenth #1 single on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. It was the second single from his album High Mileage.

    Keith Urban checked himself into the Betty Ford Center in California. He later issued a statement saying: “I deeply regret the hurt this has caused Nicole and the ones who love and support me. One can never let one’s guard down on recovery, and I’m afraid that I have.”