September 11 – This Day in Country Music


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.

Born on this day in Augusta, Georgia, was Charles Kelley, country music singer-songwriter with Lady Antebellum, who scored the 2009 US #1 Country hit “I Run To You.” The group won five awards at the 2011 Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year for “Need You Now.” Lady Antebellum was also awarded the Best Country Album award at the 54th Grammy Awards.

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.

Nashville songwriter Troy Jones, whose credits included a Grammy nomination for the Billy Currington hit “People Are Crazy,” died at the age of 64. Kenny Chesney also cut his song “Like Me” for The Road and the Radio. According to social media, Jones died in an accident at his home when a live electrical current touched his boat dock.