September 11 – This Day in Country Music


Born on this day, was Jimmie Davis, singer, songwriter, who served two nonconsecutive terms as the 47th Governor of Louisiana (1944-1948 and 1960-1964). Davis was a nationally popular country music and gospel singer from the 1930s into the 1960s, occasionally recording and performing as late as the early 1990s. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Davis died on November 5, 2000.

Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton released the album Together Always. The album contains their hit “Lost Forever in Your Kiss”, in addition to the humorous “Ten Four — Over and Out”, which exploited the C.B. radio craze a few years before it became a major phenomenon in the US. The album peaked at #3 on the US Billboard Hot Country LP’s chart.

Barbara Mandrell was seriously injured in a car accident. She suffered multiple injuries and severe concussion that caused temporary memory loss, confusion, and speech difficulties. She took an 18-month sabbatical from performing to recover.

Merle Haggard married Theresa Ann Lane, the couple have two They have two children, Jenessa and Ben. Haggard has been married five times.

Kenny Chesney released his eleventh studio album Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates which became his fifth US #1 on the Billboard chart. The album’s singles “Never Wanted Nothing More”, “Better as a Memory” and “Don’t Blink” all reached #1 on the Hot Country Songs charts.