October 5 – This Day in Country Music

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1938
Born on this day in Dublin, Texas, was Johnny Duncan singer who scorded the 1977 US #1 Country hit “It Couldn’t Have Been Any Better.” In his career, he released fourteen studio albums, producing more than thirty chart singles, including, “She Can Put Her Shoes Under my Bed (Anytime).” Duncan died on August 14, 2006.

1965
Johnny Cash was arrested crossing the Mexican border into El Paso, Texas after customs officials found 100’s of pills in his guitar case. He received a suspended jail sentence and a $1,000 fine.

1966
Loretta Lynn recorded “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind).” The song was Lynn’s first #1 country hit and she became only the seventh solo female vocalist record to hit that position up to that time as well as the first to score a #1 written by the woman herself (the song being co-written by Loretta and her sister Peggy Sue.

1970
Tammy Wynette released her eighth studio album The First Lady which peaked at #2 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. The album’s single, “Run, Woman, Run”, peaked at #1 on the Country Singles chart, Wynette’s ninth song to top the chart.

1975
Willie Nelson was at #1 on the Country singles chart with “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”. Written by songwriter Fred Rose and originally performed by Roy Acuff, the song taken from his 1975 album Red Headed Stranger became Nelson’s first #1 hit as a singer.

1992
Alan Jackson released “She’s Got the Rhythm (And I Got the Blues)” his sixth #1 single on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. Co-written by Jackson and Randy Travis the song received an award in 1993 from Music City News for being one of the most performed country songs of the year.

2001
Reba an American sitcom starring Reba McEntire aired for the first time. The show was set in Houston, Texas, and featured Reba McEntire as a wisecracking single mother Reba Nell Hart, whose dentist ex-husband Brock (Christopher Rich) has left her to marry young, ditzy Barbra Jean (Melissa Peterman). The final episode aired on February 18, 2007.