Born on this day born in Miami, Florida, was Paul Deakin, drummer and founding member of The Mavericks who charted 14 singles on the Billboard country charts.
Don Gibson was at #1 on the Country chart with “Woman (Sensuous Woman).” Gibson’s final #1 on the country charts has also been covered by Ray Charles on his 1984 album Do I Ever Cross Your Mind, and later by Mark Chesnutt.
Willie Nelson was at #1 on the country album chart with Always on My Mind, which became the Billboard #1 country album of the year. The album spent 22 weeks at the top of the charts and stayed for a total of 253 weeks on the Billboard Top Country Albums charts. The title track was originally recorded by Brenda Lee in 1972 and has since been recorded by dozens of performers including Elvis Presley in 1972 and John Wesley Ryles in 1979.
Clint Black released “Like the Rain” as the first single from his Greatest Hits compilation album. The song became his 23rd chart single, and his tenth #1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. At the 1997 Grammy Awards, “Like the Rain” was nominated for the Best Male Country Vocal performance.
Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett were at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with the Jim “Moose” Brown and Don Rollins penned song, “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”. The song spent a total of eight weeks at the top of the chart and won the Country Music Association (CMA) Award for Vocal Event of the Year.