1926: Born on this day, was Freddie Hart, country musician and songwriter best-known for his hit, “Easy Loving,” which won the CMA Song of the Year award in 1971 and 1972.
1950: During recording sessions at Castle Studio in Nashville, Hank Williams recorded “Cold Cold Heart”, “Dear John”, “Just Waiting” and “Men With Broken Hearts.”
1956: Born on this day in Abilene, Texas, was Lee Roy Parnell. His highest-charting hits are “What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am” (1992), “Tender Moment” (1993), and “A Little Bit of You” (1995), all of which peaked at #2.
1968: Glen Campbell topped the US album chart with Wichita Lineman. Although the album would stay on the chart for 46 weeks, it would be Campbell’s only #1 album.
1973: Charlie Rich was at #1 on the US country album chart with Behind Closed Doors. The album received three CMA awards: Best Male Vocalist, Album of the Year, and Single of the Year, for the title song which gave the singer his first #1 hit.
1979: The Electric Horseman, starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, had its premiere. Willie Nelson was a supporting character in the film, and he also contributed to the movie’s soundtrack.