September 7 – This Day in Country Music

Portrait of American country singer and musician Rosanne Cash, daughter of Johnny Cash, c. 1980 (Photo by Getty Images).

“Lovesick Blues” by Hank Williams with His Drifting Cowboys was at #1 on the US singles chart. The song first appeared in the 1922 musical Oh, Ernest and was recorded by Emmet Miller in 1928 and later by country music singer Rex Griffin.

Born on this day in Van Nuys, Los Angeles was songwriter Diane Warren. She has won a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, three consecutive Billboard Music Awards for Songwriter of the Year, and has been nominated for eleven Academy Awards. Warren has written songs for many Country artists including: LeAnn Rimes, Travis Tritt, Trisha Yearwood, Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill.

George Jones scored his second Country #1 single with “Tender Years.” The song spent seven non consecutive weeks at #1 and a total of 32 weeks on the Country chart.

Crystal Gayle was at #1 on the US Country chart with “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue”. The song was written by Richard Leigh and first appeared on Gayle’s 1977 album, We Must Believe in Magic. The song became Gayle’s first, (and biggest), crossover pop hit, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks, and won the singer a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. In 1999, the song was recognized by ASCAP as one of the ten most-performed songs of the 20th century.

Rosanne Cash was at #1 on the Billboard country chart with I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me, a song she wrote with her then-husband Rodney Crowell. Her fourth Country #1 later won a Grammy Award.

Alan Jackson released his twelfth studio album What I Do which gave him his seventh US Country chart topper.