September 21 – This Day in Country Music

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1936
Born on this day in Memphis, Tennessee, was Dickey Lee, best known for the 1960s teenage tragedy songs “Patches” and “Laurie (Strange Things Happen).” He also scored the 1975 US Country #1 “Rocky.”

1954
Alabama governor Gordon Persons officially proclaimed today – September 21st the official Hank Williams Day.

1957
Born on this day in Fayetteville, Arkansas was songwriter – producer Mark Wright. Reba McEntire, Amy Grant, and Kenny Rogers have all covered his songs, and has produced hits for Lee Ann Womack, Gary Allan, Mark Chesnutt, Brooks & Dunn and Gretchen Wilson.

1967
Born on this day in Ridgeland, Mississippi, was Faith Hill, country singer, songwriter known both for her commercial success and her marriage to fellow country star Tim McGraw. Hill has sold over 40 million records worldwide and scored eight #1 singles and three #1 albums on the US Country charts. Her Soul2Soul II Tour 2006 with McGraw became the highest-grossing country tour of all time. In 2009 Billboard named her as the #1 Adult Contemporary artist of the decade 2000-2009.

2016
American singer and songwriter John D. Loudermilk died aged 82. Although he had his own recording career during the 1950s and 1960s, he was primarily known as a songwriter. His hits include “Indian Reservation,” by Paul Revere & The Raiders; “Abilene,” by George Hamilton IV; and “Tobacco Road” (a hit for The Nashville Teens in 1964).