October 20 – This Day in Country Music


Born on this day in Henderson County, Kentucky, was Grandpa Jones an American banjo player and “old time” country and gospel music singer. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Jones died on 19 Feb 1998 aged 84.

Merle Travis died a heart attack. The American country and Western singer, songwriter who was best known for his hit “Sixteen Tons”, often discussed the life and exploitation of coal miners in the lyrics. Travis was was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1977.

Clint Black married actress, singer Lisa Hartman who played a major role in the primetime soap Knots Landing, as rock singer Ciji Dunne.

Johnny Cash was admitted to Baptist Hospital in Nashville suffering from pneumonia, the second time this year. Doctors suspected that the medication Cash was taking for Shy-Drager’s Syndrome has made him more susceptible to infection.

Tim McGraw released Southern Voice, which was led by the single “It’s A Business Doing Pleasure With You”.

Carrie Underwood released “Temporary Home”, the second single from her third studio album, Play On. The song became her ninth #1 single on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and was nominated for Best Female Country Vocal Performance at the 53rd Grammy Awards.