Born on this day in Los Angeles, California, was Johnny Horton, most famous for his semi-folk, so-called “saga songs” which began the “historical ballad” craze of the late 1950s and early 1960s. With them, he had several major successes, most notably during 1959 with the song “The Battle of New Orleans” (written by Jimmy Driftwood) which was awarded the 1960 Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording. Horton was killed in a car crash near Milano, Texas involving a truck on November 5, 1960.
Born on this day in Washington, D.C., was Terry Gregory, country music singer-songwriter. Gregory’s debut album, Just Like Me, was released in 1981 by Handshake Records. Its first single, the title track, reached the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.
Born on this day in Grande Prairie, Alberta, was Carolyn Dawn Johnson, country music singer-songwriter. Johnson co-wrote Chely Wright’s 1999 single, “Single White Female,” which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.
Glen Campbell went to #1 on the US singles chart with “Southern Nights”, (a song written by Allen Toussaint), and Campbell’s second US chart topper.
Winners at the 16th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Larry Gatlin, Tammy Wynette and Con Meredith at the Shrine Auditorium, Hollywood included: Top Female Vocalist of the Year – Dolly Parton, Top Male Vocalist of the Year – George Jones, Top Vocal Group – Alabama, Top New Female Vocalist of the Year – Terri Gibbs and Top New Male Vocalist of the Year went to Johnny Lee.
Capitol Nashville released “The Dance” by Garth Brooks. The song, written by Brooks’ friend, Tony Arata, was a key track on his self-titled debut album Garth Brooks and became #1 chart hit. It is considered by many to be Brooks’ signature song. �The Dance� won both Song of the Year and Video of the Year by the Academy of Country Music.
Billboard magazine renamed the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart “Hot Country Songs.” The chart’s renaming was part of a major redesign of the 110-year-old magazine.