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.


Tammy Wynette was at the top of the Country charts with “I Don’t Wanna Play House.” The song was written by Billy Sherrill and Glenn Sutton. It was Tammy’s first number one country song as a solo artist. 

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.


The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was at #1 on the Country charts with Fishin’ In The Dark. The song was written by Wendy Waldman and Jim Photoglo, It was released on June 7, 1987, as the second single from their album Hold On. It was the band’s third number-one single on the U.S. country music charts and the second in Canada. After it became available for download, it has sold over a million digital copies by 2015. It was certified Platinum by the RIAA on September 12, 2014.

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.

Brad Paisley made a voice cameo as various background characters in the South Park episode Bass to Mouth.