October 21 – This Day in Country Music


Born on this day in Rowe, Virginia, was Mel Street. From 1968 to 1972, Street hosted his own show on a Bluefield, West Virginia television station. He recorded his first single, “Borrowed Angel,” in 1970 for a small regional record label. A larger label, Royal American Records, picked it up in 1972, and it became a top-10 Billboard hit. He recorded the biggest hit of his career, “Lovin’ on Back Streets”, in 1973. He committed suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound, on October 21, 1978, his 43rd birthday.

Don Williams was at #1 on the Country music charts with “I Believe in You”, Williams’ eleventh #1 on the country chart. It was also hit in Australia, New Zealand and Europe.

Rascal Flatts were at #1 on the US Country music album chart with their fifth studio album, Still Feels Good. The album produced five singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, the first of which was “Take Me There”, co-written by Kenny Chesney, and reached #1 on the country charts in mid-2007.

Hargus “Pig” Robbins was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The session keyboard and piano player played on records for artists such as George Jones, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Alan Jackson, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, David Allan Coe, George Hamilton IV and Conway Twitty. He was also awarded Musician of the Year by the Country Music Association in 1976 and 2000.