September 18 – This Day in Country Music

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1967
Dolly Parton released her debut studio album Hello, I’m Dolly. The first single from the album, “The Little Things”, was released in June 1966 and failed to chart. “Dumb Blonde” was released as a single in November 1966 and gave Parton her first top 40 hit, peaking at #24 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. The album’s third single, “Something Fishy”, was released in May 1967 and peaked at #17, becoming Parton’s first top 20 hit. The album’s two hit singles are largely credited with bringing Parton to the attention of Porter Wagoner, who, in September 1967, would invite Parton to join his band and appear on his weekly television show.

1980
Johnny Lee was at #1 on the US Country charts with “Lookin’ for Love”. The song was part of the soundtrack to one of the years biggest movies, Urban Cowboy.

2012
Dwight Yoakam released the album 3 Pears. By the end of 2012, the album was named on annual best of lists by NPR, Rolling Stone, American Songwriter, AOL’s The Boot, Entertainment Weekly, The Village Voice, and Rhapsody, and has been included in more critic’s “best of 2012” lists than any other artist in the country genre.

2013
Dwight Yoakam was granted the Artist of the Year award from the Americana Music Association at the 12th Annual Americana Music Honors and Awards held in Nashville.