Johnny Cash was at #1 on the US Country chart with At San Quentin a recording of a live concert given to the inmates of San Quentin State Prison. The album, which spent 20 weeks at the top of the chart was nominated for a number of Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and won Best Male Country Vocal Performance for “A Boy Named Sue.”
George Strait released his third studio album Right or Wrong which became his first US #1 on the Country Charts. The singles “You Look So Good in Love” (which was Strait’s first song to have a music video), “Right or Wrong” and “Let’s Fall to Pieces Together” all topped the Hot Country Singles chart.
Garth Brooks joined the Grand Ole Opry. His set list for this occasion is “Friends In Low Places,” “If Tomorrow Never Comes” and “The Dance.”
Alan Jackson released his third studio album A Lot About Livin’ (And a Little ’bout Love) which gave him his first US Country #1.
Tim McGraw married Faith Hill and quickly became country music’s most visible couple. Their friendship grew into romance during their successful Spontaneous Combustion tour that year.
Pop and country singer Billy Joe Royal died aged 73. His most successful record was “Down in the Boondocks” in 1965 and his first hit on the country music chart was in 1984 with “Burned Like a Rocket.” Other country hits included “I’ll Pin a Note on Your Pillow” (1987), “Tell It Like It Is”, and “Till I Can’t Take It Anymore” (both 1989).