Country Blog

1946
Born on this day in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, was Lacy J. Dalton country singer and songwriter known for her gritty, powerful vocals. Dalton had a number of hits in the 1980s, including "Takin' It Easy," "Crazy Blue Eyes" and "16th Avenue." 

1958
Billboard discontinued the "C&W Best Sellers in Stores" and "Most Played C&W by Jockeys" charts. Starting with the October 20 issue, there is one all-encompassing "Hot C&W Sides" chart. The new chart has 30 positions, and "City Lights" by Ray Price was the first #1 song. 

1959
Born on this day in Ogden, Utah, was Marie Osmond singer, actress, doll designer, and a member of the show business family The Osmonds. She scored a US #1 hit in 1973 with her version of the country pop ballad "Paper Roses." 

1969
Born on this day in Valdosta, Georgia, was Rhett Akins, Country singer, a songwriter who scored the 1996 US Country #1 hit "Don't Get Me Started." Akins has written singles for other country music singers, primarily as one-third of the songwriting team The Peach Pickers alongside Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip. 

1978
Dolly Parton was at #1 on the US country music album chart with Heartbreaker, her 20th solo studio album. The title song, a ballad written by Carole Bayer Sager, topped the US country charts and became Parton's third top-forty pop hit. 

1980
Johnny Cash was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame. The presentation was made by Kenny Rogers. 

1990
Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US country album chart with his second studio album, No Fences. The album remains Brooks' best-seller to date with 17 million copies sold in the US alone.