October 4 – This Day in Country Music

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1956
George Jones released “Just One More” which peaked at #3 on the Country charts giving the singer his biggest hit to date. “Just One More” is one of the earliest examples of the “hard” drinking songs for which Jones would become famous. The song describes a lonely, self-pitying man who is drinking to forget his worries.

1971
Dolly Parton released her eighth solo studio album Coat of Many Colors. The album was nominated for Album of the Year at the 1972 CMA Awards and Parton has cited the title track on numerous occasions as her personal favorite of all the songs she has written.

1976
Loretta Lynn released her twenty-eighth solo studio album Somebody Somewhere which went on to peak at #1 on the Top Country Albums chart, Lynn’s sixth solo album to top the chart. The album’s single, “Somebody Somewhere (Don’t Know What He’s Missin’ Tonight)” peaked at #1 on the Hot Country Songs chart, Lynn’s ninth solo single to top the chart.

1978
One of Nashville’s most mysterious crimes was reported which involved the abduction of singer, Tammy Wynette. Media reports said that Wynette had been abducted by a masked man at a shopping center. No suspects were ever found or arrested. While Wynette insisted the story was true, her daughter raised doubts, claiming the incident was fabricated.

1987
The second episode of the TV series Dolly hosted by Dolly Parton was aired featuring guest stars Burt Reynolds, Alabama, and Whoopi Goldberg.

1999
Tim McGraw released “My Best Friend” the third single from his album A Place In The Sun which went on to reach the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.