July 9th: On this day
Born on this day in Posey in Hopkins County, Texas, was Eddie Dean singer and actor, whom Roy Rogers and Gene Autry termed the best cowboy singer of all time. Dean was best known for “I Dreamed Of A Hill-Billy Heaven” (1955), which became an even greater hit for Tex Ritter in 1961. Dean died on March 4th 1999 aged 91.
Born on this day in Mannford, Oklahoma, was Lee Hazlewood country and pop singer, songwriter, and record producer, his recordings have been praised as an essential contribution to a sound often described as “Cowboy Psychedelia.” He died on Aug 4th 2007.
June Carter married the actor and composer Carl Smith. They had one child together, Carlene Carter. The couple divorced in 1956.
Born on this day in Rock Hill, South Carolina, was David Ball, American country music artist. His highest-peaking chart entries are 1994’s “Thinkin’ Problem” and 2001’s “Riding With Private Malone”, both of which peaked at #2.
During recording sessions at Sun studios in Memphis, Elvis Presley recorded a version of Bill Monroe’s “Blue Moon Of Kentucky”. Numerous artists have recorded the song, including John Fogerty, Patsy Cline, Ronnie Hawkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, LeAnn Rimes, Paul McCartney, Boxcar Willie, Ray Charles and Jerry Reed.
Tammy Wynette was at #1 on the US Country singles chart with “D-I-V-O-R-C-E.” Written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman, the song is a woman’s perspective on the impending collapse of her marriage. The lyrics begin with an old parenting trick of spelling out words mothers and fathers hope their young children will not understand, they (the children) being not yet able to spell or comprehend the word’s meaning. The original Tammy Wynette recording features in the films Five Easy Pieces and Brokeback Mountain.
Born on this day in Waterloo, Iowa, was Emily West, country music artist, who debuted on Billboard Hot Country Songs charts in early 2008 with the single “Rocks in Your Shoes” and also scored a hit with “Blue Sky”, a duet with Keith Urban, in 2010.
The Country Music Association unveiled 12 Hall of Fame honorees: Bill Anderson, Waylon Jennings, Sam Phillips, The Louvin Brothers, The Delmore Brothers, The Jordanaires, Webb Pierce, Don Gibson, The Everly Brothers, Don Law, Ken Nelson and Homer & Jethro.
Luke Bryan caused controversy in an interview with Hits Double Daily for implying that Outlaw country artists (particularly Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson) had spent their career “laying in the gutter, strung out on drugs.”