August 29th: On this day
Born on this day in Durham, North Carolina, was Don Schlitz, country music songwriter who has earned two Grammys, as well as four ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year awards. Since 1993, Schlitz has also been a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Schlitz' first hit as a songwriter was Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler", which became a crossover country hit in 1978. Garth Brooks, Randy Travis, Johnny Cash, Tanya Tucker and The Judds have all recorded his songs.
Born on this day in Perryville, Arkansas, was American musician Shawn Camp who has found success as a songwriter, having co-written hit singles for many country music artists, including Garth Brooks, Josh Turner, Brooks & Dunn, and Blake Shelton, although he continues to record his own material as well.
Faith Hill released her second studio album, It Matters to Me. It produced five Top Ten hits on the Hot Country Songs charts: "Let's Go to Vegas", "Someone Else's Dream", "You Can't Lose Me", "It Matters to Me", and "I Can't Do That Anymore."
John Michael Montgomery released "The Little Girl" which featured harmony vocals by bluegrass musicians Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminski. It was released as the lead single from the album Brand New Me and became Montgomery's seventh #1 hit.
Alan Jackson collected 10 nominations for the 36th annual Country Music Association awards, breaking a 32-year-old record held by Merle Haggard.