October 29 – This Day in Country Music

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1936
Hank Snow auditioned with the Canadian division of RCA Victor in Montreal, Quebec which led to the release of his first record with “The Prisoned Cowboy” on one side and “Lonesome Blue Yodel” on the other. Snow signed with the label, staying for more than 45 years. During his career that spanned nearly 50 years, he recorded 140 albums and charted more than 85 singles.

1952
Hank Williams was at #1 on the Country singles chart with “Jambalaya (On The Bayou).” Named for a Creole and Cajun dish, jambalaya, it spawned numerous cover versions and has since achieved popularity in a number of music genres. The song spent 14 weeks at the top of the chart. Over the past few decades, the Cajun French version has been performed by many Cajun bands including Aldus Roger and Jo-El Sonnier.

1967
Tammy Wynette was at #1 on the Country chart with “I Don’t Wanna Play House”. Written by Billy Sherrill and Glenn Sutton, the song became Tammy Wynette’s first #1 country song as a solo artist. The recording earned Wynette the 1968 Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

1977
Dolly Parton released her 19th solo studio album, Here You Come Again. The album included Parton’s first significant “crossover” success, the Grammy award-winning title single. The album’s cover was the first to show the distinctive “Dolly” signature logo, created by Michael Manoogian, would become Parton’s de facto logo, appearing on all of her solo albums for the remainder of her association with RCA.

1996
Alan Jackson released his sixth studio album Everything I Love which went to #1 on the Country charts. The album produced the #1 hits “Little Bitty” and “There Goes.”

2002
Rascal Flatts released their second studio album Melt which became their first US #1 Country album. The lead-off single “These Days” was the group’s first #1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

2007
Walk the Line, the film about the life of singer Johnny Cash, was voted the greatest music biopic in a poll. The film starred Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon as Cash and his wife June Carter as the country stars and won the actress an Oscar in 2006.