October 7 – This Day in Country Music



Elvis Presley was at #1 on the Country Charts with Don’t Be Cruel. The song was went to #1 on the pop chart as well.


Mel Tillis was at number 1 on the Country charts with his hit “I Ain’t Never.” Tillis was a stutterer, but when singing the stuttering completely disappeared.

Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US country chart with his third studio album, Ropin’ the Wind. The album replaced his previous album No Fences at the #1 postion, where it enjoyed a combined 18 weeks at the top of the charts.

George Strait was at #1 on the US country chart with his self-titled album which produced three singles: “Go On”, “Don’t Make Me Come over There and Love You” and “If You Can Do Anything Else”.

The 2008 self-titled debut album from Lady Antebellum was certified platinum by the RIAA for shipments of one million copies in the United States. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, the first debut by a country group to achieve this.

Singer, songwriter, and record producer Ray Pennington died at his home after entering a garage that had caught fire. He is best known for writing the song “I’m a Ramblin’ Man”, which gave Waylon Jennings his second #1 Country hit. Pennington was also the founder of the independent Step One Records label.