Born on this day in Wilmington, North Carolina, was Charlie Daniels who is known for his #1 country hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”; Daniels has been active as a singer since the early 1950s and was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 24, 2008. He died on July 6, 2020 age 83 of a hemorrhagic stroke.
Born on this day in Wheeling, West Virginia, was Brad Paisley, singer-songwriter and musician. His style crosses between traditional country music and Southern rock, and his songs are frequently laced with humor and pop culture references. He scored the 2000 US Country #1 hit “We Danced.”
Country musician Porter Wagoner died in Nashville aged 80 from lung cancer. Wagoner helped launch the career of Dolly Parton and had his own US TV show, which ran for 21 years until 1981. Wagoner signed his first record deal in 1955, and had hits including “Carroll County Accident” and “Green Green Grass of Home.”
Randy Travis and wife Elizabeth filed for divorce. According to the Associated Press, Randy filed a petition for dissolution of marriage in Albuquerque, N.M. citing a “state of incompatibility exists between the parties”.
Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare and the late Cowboy Jack Clement were officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The trio was honored for their influence on modern Country music at the ceremony attended by Garth Brooks, Kris Kristofferson and Barry Gibb.
American Texas country music singer and songwriter Billy Joe Shaver died age 81. Shaver’s 2007 album country gospel style Everybody’s Brother was Grammy-nominated.