September 11 – This Day in Country Music

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1899
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.

1972
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.

1981
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.

1984
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.

1993
Merle Haggard married Theresa Ann Lane, the couple have two They have two children, Jenessa and Ben. Haggard has been married five times.

2007
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.