May 3rd: On this day
Born on this day in Spencer, Wisconsin, was Dave Dudley, country music singer best-known for his truck-driving country anthems of the 1960s and 1970s including the 1963, hit "Six Days on the Road". He died on December 22, 2003.
Kitty Wells recorded "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels". Wells was disenchanted with her career prospects and was considering retirement, but agreed to the session at Owen Bradley’s studio because of the $125 union scale recording payment. "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" was an answer song to Hank Thompson's "The Wild Side of Life", and its lyrical treatment of seductive, wayward women. It became the first #1 Billboard country hit for a solo female artist.
Born on this day in Modesto, California, was Shane Minor country music artist. He has written hits for other artists, including the #1 singles "Beautiful Mess" by Diamond Rio, "Brand New Girlfriend" by Steve Holy, and "Live a Little" by Kenny Chesney.
Born on this day in Greenfield, Ohio, was Brad Martin his debut 2002 album Wings of a Honky-Tonk Angel, produced the #15 single "Before I Knew Better".
Born on this day in Granite Falls, North Carolina, was Eric Church, Country singer, songwriter. His debut album Sinners Like Me produced four singles on the Billboard country chart, including the Top 20 hits "How 'Bout You", "Two Pink Lines", and "Guys Like Me".
Winners at the 29th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Alan Jackson and Reba McEntire included: Pioneer Award - Charley Pride, Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Wynonna, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Vince Gill, Top Vocal Group - Little Texas, Top New Female Vocalist of the Year - Faith Hill, Top New Male Vocalist of the Year - John Michael Montgomery and Album of the Year went to Alan Jackson for A Lot About Livin' (And A Little 'Bout Love).
Lynn Anderson was arrested in New Mexico after causing a traffic accident at a local intersection due to drunk driving. The singer failed field sobriety tests and refused to take a breathalyzer test after her vehicle ran into the back of a car. She was released the next day on bond. Anderson was taken to court later this year where all her previous charges were dropped, as long as she didn't commit any more offenses.
Chely Wright becomes the first major country artist to come out as homosexual. In television appearances and an autobiography, she cited among her reasons for publicizing her homosexuality a concern with bullying and hate crimes toward gays, particularly gay teenagers, and the damage to her life caused by "lying and hiding".