Born on this day in Checotah, Oklahoma, was Mel McDaniel, country music artist. His chart-making years were mainly the 1980s with his hits from that era including “Louisiana Saturday Night”, “Big Ole Brew”, “Stand Up”, and the #1 “Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On”. He died on March 31, 2011.
Whilst hanging out backstage at the Montgomery Municipal Auditorium, Hank Williams offered to go out on stage to retrieve Hardrock Gunter’s guitar who had just finished his set. Hank walked onto the stage and picked it up, and played a few songs, bringing the house down!
Born on this day in Beaumont, Texas, was Mark Chesnutt, country music singer who scored the 1991 US Country #1 single with his version of “Brother Jukebox”, (which Don Everley had recorded in 1977).
Glen Campbell started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’, his first #1 after 13 Top 40 hits. It made #4 in the UK. Written by Larry Weiss, Campbell first heard the song on the radio and, during a tour of Australia decided to learn the song. Soon after his return to the United States, Campbell went to Al Coury’s office at Capitol Records, where he was approached about “a great new song” – “Rhinestone Cowboy.”
Ernest Tubb died. Nicknamed the Texas Troubadour, American singer and songwriter Tubb was one of the early pioneers of country music. His biggest hit song, “Walking the Floor Over You” from 1941, marked the rise of the honky tonk style of music.
George Strait released “She Let Herself Go” the second single from Strait’s album Somewhere Down in Texas which would become his 40th US Country #1 hit single.
American country singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Vince Gill received the 2,478th star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.