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This Day in Country Music: July 3

July 5, 2018

A look back at country music history >>>

1946 - Born on this day in Texas City, Texas, was Johnny Lee country music singer whose 1980 single, “Lookin’ for Love” spent three weeks at the top of the Billboard country singles chart in 1980 He racked up a series of country hits in the early and mid-80s

1958 - Born on this day in Pensacola, Florida, was Aaron Tippin, country music artist and record producer. His debut single, “You’ve Got to Stand for Something” became a popular anthem for American soldiers fighting in the Gulf War. Tippin also scored the 1992 US Country #1 hit “There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong with the Radio.”

1975 - Born on this day in Blytheville, Arkansas, was Trent Tomlinson, country music artist. His debut album Country Is My Rock, released in early 2006 produced three Top 40 singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs charts: “Drunker Than Me”, “One Wing in the Fire” and “Just Might Have Her Radio On”

1980 - Born on this day in Lawrence, Kansas, was Sarah Buxton, singer, songwriter who had the 2012 US Country #1 hit with David Nail, “Let It Rain”

1980 - The film Honeysuckle Rose, starring Willie Nelson, made its world premiere in Austin, Texas. The plot sees Buck Bonham (Willie Nelson) a country singer, with a good family, struggling to find national fame. He juggles his music career with his responsibilities to his wife and son. He has everything going his way until the daughter of his former guitarist joins his tour. The road leads to temptation, which leads to his downfall

1993 - Garth Brooks was at #1 on the country charts with “That Summer”

2001 - Country songwriter and Grand Ole Opry member Johnny Russell died at 61