September 5 – This Day in Country Music


Johnny Cash was at #1 on the US Country chart with At San Quentin a recording of a live concert given to the inmates of San Quentin State Prison. The album, which spent 20 weeks at the top of the chart, was nominated for a number of Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and won Best Male Country Vocal Performance for “A Boy Named Sue.”

Janis Joplin started recording sessions recording a version of the Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster song “Me and Bobby McGee”. Joplin, (who was a lover and a friend of Kristofferson’s from the beginning of her career to her death), topped the US singles chart with the song in 1971 after her death, making the song the second posthumous #1 single in US chart history after the 1968 “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding.

Dolly Parton was at #1 on the US country music album chart with Heartbreaker, her 20th solo studio album. The title song, a ballad written by Carole Bayer Sager, topped the US country charts, and became Parton’s third top-forty pop hit.

Hank Williams Jr. released “All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)” from the album The Pressure Is On. The track gave him his fifth #1 on the country chart. The phrase “all my rowdy friends” would later become a catch phrase of sorts for Williams, who would use the line in 1984 for “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight,” in 1987 for “Born to Boogie” and “All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night,” and in 2011 for “Keep the Change.”

American singer-songwriter, guitarist and record producer Joe South died aged 72. Best known for his songwriting, South won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1970 for “Games People Play” and South’s most-commercially-successful composition was Lynn Anderson’s 1971 country/pop monster hit, “Rose Garden”, which was a hit in 16 countries worldwide.