This Day in Country Music: August 16

August 18, 2018 GMT

A look back in country music history on this day >>>

1961 - Patsy Cline recorded “Crazy”. The ballad composed by Willie Nelson became one of her signature tunes and gave Cline a #2 country hit in 1962

1969 - Merle Haggard’s song “Workin’ Man Blues” went to number one

1969 - Special guests on this week’s Johnny Cash ABC television music variety show included, O.C. Smith, (who performed “Son Of A Hickory Holler’s Tramp” with Cash), Kenny Rogers and The First Edition, (who performed “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town”), Melanie and Grandpa Jones

1972 - Born on this day in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, was Emily Robinson, singer-songwriter, with the Dixie Chicks. Of the Dixie Chicks’ twenty-five singles, six have reached #1 on the Billboard country singles chart

1979 - The Charlie Daniels Band picked up their first platinum album for Million Mile Reflections


1980 - Alabama went to number one for the first time with “Tennessee River”

1986 - Born on this day in Coffeeville, Alabama, was Ashton Shepherd, country music singer-songwriter. Her 2008 debut album Sounds So Good produced two top 40 hits on the Hot Country Songs charts: “Takin’ Off This Pain” and the title track

2000 - Mary Chapin Carpenter sang “Why Walk When You Can Fly” at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles as the party nominated Al Gore for president

2005 - Brad Paisley’s album Time Well Wasted was released