Éphémérides country du 13 mai

Born on this day in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, was Johnnie Wright, the singer-songwriter who worked with Jack Anglin in the duo Johnnie & Jack, who had the 1965 #1 hit « Hello Vietnam », which was used as the opening theme in the film Full Metal Jacket. He died on Sept 27th 2011.

Born on this day in Dora, Alabama, was Terry Fell who started his record career in 1945 as a member of Billy Hughes band. During his first session for RCA in Hollywood, he recorded a song that would become a hit. Although the A-side, « Don’t Drop It », was underplayed, the B-side, « Truck Drivin Man », became a classic, especially in the trucker country music scene. Many artists have covered the song including; Ricky Nelson, Boxcar Willie, Charley Pride, Conway Twitty, Jimmy Martin, The Flying Burrito Brothers, George Hamilton IV, Glen Campbell, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Willie Nelson, David Allan Coe, Leon Russell and Toby Keith.

Born on this day in Dunedin, Florida, was Lari White, country music artist and actress. Three of her singles having reached Top Ten: « That’s My Baby » and « That’s How You Know (When You’re In Love) » and « Now I Know. » She died on January 23 20198 age 52 after a battle with peritoneal cancer.

Born on this day in Charleston, South Carolina, was Darius Rucker, lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Hootie & the Blowfish who had the 2008 US Country #1 hit « Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It. » Rucker won the Country Music Association’s New Artist of the Year in 2009. Rucker scored two US Country #1’s in 2010 with « Come Back Song’, and « This ».


American Western swing musician Bob Wills died. Wills who was also a member of The Texas Playboys is considered by music authorities as the co-founder of Western swing. He was recording an album with fan Merle Haggard in 1973 when a stroke left him comatose until his death. From the 1970’s until his 2002 death, Waylon Jennings performed a song called « Bob Wills is Still the King ».

Heartworn Highways the documentary film by James Szalapski was released. The film captured some of the founders of the Outlaw Country movement in Texas and Tennessee and features Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, David Allan Coe, Rodney Crowell, Gamble Rogers, Steve Young, and The Charlie Daniels Band.

Cajun accordion player Nathan Abshire dies in Mamou, Louisiana. His 1949 recording of « Pine Grove Blues » is heralded in the Country Music Foundation’s « Heartaches By The Number » among the 500 greatest country singles in history.

Born on this day, American country music singer and songwriter Morgan Wallen. His second album, Dangerous: The Double Album, released in January 2021, became the only country album in the 64-year history of the Billboard 200 to spend its first seven weeks at No. 1. It went on to spend a total of ten weeks at that spot, the first album to do so since Whitney Houston’s Whitney in 1987.

Rascal Flatts held the top position on the country charts with Me and My Gang. The album went double platinum in the first month of release and has sold almost 5m copies in the US. The singles released from this album included « What Hurts the Most ».

Bass player Donald « Duck » Dunn dies in Tokyo, Japan. The Memphis musician played on Otis Redding’s « (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay, » ranked among country’s all-time greatest singles in a Country Music Foundation book.

Carrie Underwood receives five nominations, making her the top finalist in the CMT Music Awards. She’s cited for three different titles: « Something In The Water, » « Little Toy Guns » and the Miranda Lambert duet « Somethin’ Bad ».


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