September 12 – This Day in Country Music

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1931
Born on this day in Saratoga, Texas, was George Jones the country music singer who has scored more than 150 hits during his career, both as a solo artist and in duets with other artists. Jones who married Tammy Wynette in 1969, and has had 15 US #1 country hits, is celebrated by some of his fans as the hard-drinkin’, fast-livin’ spiritual-son of his idol, Hank Williams. Jones missed so many engagements that he gained the nickname of “No-Show Jones.” Jones died on 26th April 2013 aged 81.

1966
Loretta Lynn released You Ain’t Woman Enough which became her first #1 album on the US Billboard Hot Country Albums chart, as well as her first album to chart on the Billboard Top LPs chart. The album’s only single, “You Ain’t Woman Enough”, was released in May 1966 and became Lynn’s biggest hit up to that point, peaking at #2 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

1974
Born on this day, was Jennifer Nettles, American Grammy winning country music artist, lead vocalist with the duo Sugarland who scored the 2009 US #1 album Live on the Inside’.

1986
Alabama released “Touch Me When We’re Dancing” which went to #1 on the Country charts. The track was the twentieth in a string of 21 consecutive #1 singles in as many releases, a string that spanned from 1980 through 1987. The song was also recorded by The Carpenters in 1981 and Mickey Gilley and Charly McClain for their 1984 duet album.

1993
Born on this day in Knoxville, Tennessee was singer and songwriter Kelsea Ballerini. She scored four #1 singles on starting with her debut single “Love Me Like You Mean It”, which made her the first female artist to send a debut single to the top of that chart since Carrie Underwood in 2006.

2003
Johnny Cash, US singer songwriter died of respiratory failure aged 71. Widely considered one of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century, he was known as The Man in Black. Cash traditionally started all his concerts by saying, “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.” His best-known songs included “I Walk the Line”, “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Ring of Fire”, “Get Rhythm” and “Man in Black.” Cash also had his own US TV show in late 60’s – early 70’s.

2006
Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing documentary film produced and directed by Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck (daughter of actor Gregory Peck) had its world premier at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film followed the Dixie Chicks over a three-year period of intense public scrutiny, fan backlash, physical threats, and pressure from both corporate and conservative political elements in the United States after lead singer Natalie Maines publicly criticised then President of the United States George W. Bush during a live 2003 concert in London, England.

2008
Taylor Swift released “Love Story” as the lead single from Swift’s second studio album Fearless. The song was a commercial success, selling over 18 million copies worldwide, therefore establishing itself among the best-selling singles of all time. In the United States, the song peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold over 9 million paid digital downloads, becoming Swift’s best-selling single to date and was once the best-selling download by a female country solo artist.