Check out what happened ON THIS DAY in Country music!
1953 – Hank Williams‘ “Your Cheatin’ Heart” was at #1 in the Billboard country chart. The story goes that Williams was prompted to write the song when thinking about his first wife, Audrey Williams, while driving around with his second wife, Billie Jean Jones, who was reported to have written down the lyrics for him while she sat in the passenger seat. The song was record during his last ever recording sessions, on September 23, 1952 and had been released the following year, shortly after he died.
1957 – Singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale was born in Troutman, North Carolina. The Americana icon writes George Strait’s “I Gotta Get To You,” Mark Chesnutt’s “Gonna Get A Life” and Patty Loveless’ “Halfway Down,” among others.
1978 – The Waylon & Willie duet album is certified platinum.
1981 – David Frizzell & Shelly West’s “You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma” goes to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.