June 2nd: On this day
Born on this day in Knoxville, Tennessee, was Carl Butler who with his wife became known as Carl Butler and Pearl. Between 1962 and 1969, the duo released several singles and charted thirteen times on the US country charts, reaching #1 in 1962 with their first single, "Don't Let Me Cross Over". He died of a heart attack on September 4, 1992.
Glen Campbell was at #1 on the Billboard country album chart with Galveston. The singers thirteenth studio album spent 11 weeks at #1 and 26 weeks on the chart. The title track written by Jimmy Webb, describes a soldier waiting to go into battle who thinks of the woman he loves and his hometown of Galveston, Texas.
Born on this day was American country singer Craig Strickland, vocalist for the Arkansas-based band, Backroad Anthem. Strickland died in Jan 2016 after he and a friend had gone to Bear Creek Cove, at Kaw Lake to hunt for ducks. Morland drowned after the Boat they were in capsized, while Strickland swam to shore, but later succumbed to hypothermia. The area had been experiencing severe inclement weather due to Winter storm Goliath with freezing temperatures. His body was discovered on January 4, 2016 after last being seen on December 27, 2015. It was determined by Oklahoma Highway Patrol that Strickland's body had been difficult to locate due to the camouflage hunting gear he had been wearing at the time of his death.
Randy Travis released his debut studio album Storms of Life which went on to peak at #1 on the US Country charts. The album features the singles "On the Other Hand" (previously recorded by Keith Whitley on his 1985 album L.A. to Miami), "1982", "Diggin' up Bones" and "No Place Like Home".
Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US country chart with his third studio album, Ropin' the Wind. The album replaced his previous album No Fences at the #1 postion, where it enjoyed a combined 18 weeks at the top of the charts.
American country music singer Helen Carter died aged 70. The eldest daughter of Maybelle Carter, she performed with her mother and her younger sisters, June Carter and Anita Carter, as a member of Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters, a pioneering all female country/folk music group. The group was also known as The Carter Family.
"It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" by Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett was released. Written by Jim "Moose" Brown and Don Rollins it spent eight non-consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It also won the Country Music Association (CMA) Award for Vocal Event of the Year. The song became the #3 country song of the decade on Billboard's Hot Country Songs Chart. It also became the biggest pop hit for Jackson and the first top forty hit for Buffett since the 1970s.
Lady Antebellum were at #1 on the Country chart with Need You Now, their second studio album. The album won a Grammy Award for Best Country Album and was nominated for Album of the Year, the single "Need You Now" won four awards, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year.
Shina Twain received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her star is the 2,442nd Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Category of Recording.
Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw kicked off The Brothers of the Sun Tour at the Raymond James Stadium, Tampa. The co-headlining tour took in 22 cities across the United States.
Steel guitar player Weldon Myrick died. In the late 1960s, he joined Bobby Thompson and Charlie McCoy to form Area Code 615. He later became a member of the group of session musicians known as The Nashville A-Team and played on many songs for artists such as: Charley Pride, Reba McEntire, Kris Kristofferson, Chet Atkins, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, George Strait and Johnny Cash.
This One's for You by Luke Combs was released. The album first topped the Country album chart later in this month and then continued to return to #1 intermittently for the following two years. Its total of 50 weeks at the top of the chart tied the record for the longest time spent atop the chart by an album.