Born on this day in Seminole, Texas, was Larry Gatlin, singer, songwriter best known for teaming up with his brothers Steve and Rudy in the late 1970s, becoming one of country music’s most successful acts of the 1970s and 1980s. Gatlin scored a total of 33 Top 40 singles. Their biggest hits together include, “Broken Lady”, “All the Gold in California”, “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You).”
Glen Campbell was at #1 on the Country singles chart with the Jimmy Webb song “Galveston”, which also made #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is now considered as the official anthem of Galveston Island and the City of Galveston, Texas.
Merle Haggard was at #1 on the Country charts with “It’s All in the Movies.” The title track became Merle Haggard’s twenty-second #1 single on the Country chart.
Winners at the 14th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Roy Clark, Barbara Mandrell and Dennis Weaver at The Palladium, Hollywood included: Top Male Vocalist of the Year – Kenny Rogers, Top Female Vocalist of the Year – Barbara Mandrell, Top Vocal Group – Oak Ridge Boys and Waylon Jennings, Top New Female Vocalist of the Year – Christy Lane, Top New Male Vocalist of the Year – John Conlee and Single Record of the Year went to Don Williams for “Tulsa Time.”
Clint Black signed with RCA Records who released his first album, Killin’ Time, in 1989, which produced four straight #1 singles on the US Country charts; “A Better Man”, “Walking Away”, “Nobody’s Home”, and the title track.
The Dixie Chicks appeared naked on the cover of Entertainment Weekly, with words such as “boycott,” “traitors” and “free speech” superimposed on their bodies. The feature related to the controversy that came from an anti-Bush comment by band member Natalie Maines.
Former first lady Laura Bush was among those eulogizing George Jones at his funeral. Other speakers were Tennessee governor Bill Haslam, news personality Bob Schieffer, and country singers Barbara Mandrell and Kenny Chesney. Alan Jackson, Kid Rock, Ronnie Milsap, Randy Travis, Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, Travis Tritt, the Oak Ridge Boys, Charlie Daniels, Wynonna and Brad Paisley all provided musical tributes. The service was broadcast live on CMT, GAC, RFD-TV, The Nashville Network as well asWSM 650AM, home of the Grand Ole Opry, broadcast the event on the radio.