September 28 – This Day in Country Music

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FILE - This Sept. 29, 2010 photo shows Joe Don Rooney, left, Gary Levox, and Jay DeMarcus, right, of Rascal Flatts in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, file)

1937
Born on this day, was Glenn Sutton, country music songwriter and producer. Born Royce Glenn Sutton in Hodge, Louisiana, he was one of two chief architects of the countrypolitan sound (the other being Sutton’s frequent songwriting partner Billy Sherrill). He co-wrote Tammy Wynette’s first major hit single, “Your Good Girl’s Gonna Go Bad,” along with Tammy’s #1 record, “I Don’t Wanna Play House.” He was equally well known as a producer, particular for his former wife Lynn Anderson. Glenn produced her most famous single, “Rose Garden,” which hit #1 on the country charts and #3 on the pop charts.

1959
Born on this day in Voorheesville, New York, was Billy Montana, singer-songwriter. His songs have been recorded by Garth Brooks, (“More Than a Memory”), Sara Evans, (“Suds in the Bucket”), Jo Dee Messina, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Sister Hazel and Kenny Rogers, among others.

1971
Born on this day, was Aimee Mayo, American songwriter, primarily known for writing country hits for artists such as Lonestar, Martina McBride, Sara Evans, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and Kellie Pickler. Mayo was named BMI Songwriter of the Year in 2000. “Amazed,” recorded by Lonestar that same year, is her most popular song to date.

2004
Rascal Flatts released their third studio album Feels Like Today which became their second US #1 Country album. The album produced its title track as a single along with “Bless the Broken Road”, “Fast Cars and Freedom”, and “Skin (Sarabeth)”.