October 19 – This Day in Country Music

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1945
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.

1967

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. 

1976
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.

1987

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.

1997
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.

1998
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.

2011
Brad Paisley made a voice cameo as various background characters in the South Park episode Bass to Mouth.