2/18/20 Day in the Country

Born on this day in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski who became better known as Pee Wee King. The American country music songwriter is best known for co-writing “The Tennessee Waltz”, which was a hit for both Cowboy Copas, Patti Page and Petula Clark. He died of a heart attack in Louisville, Kentucky, aged 86 on March 7, 2000.

Born on this day in Lakehurst, New Jersey, was Juice Newton pop and country singer, songwriter and guitarist. To date, Newton has received five Grammy Award nominations and scored the 1981 Country #1 single “The Sweetest Thing (I’ve Ever Known).”

George Jones released his debut single “No Money in This Deal” on Starday Records. The song became the first recording to be of a little over 900 that Jones would record during his 61-year career.

Born on this day, was Raine Maida, Canadian musician best known as being the lead vocalist and primary songwriter of the alternative rock band Our Lady Peace. Maida began a solo career in 2006, releasing his first solo album The Hunters Lullaby in 2007. He also self-produced Our Lady Peace’s seventh studio album, Burn Burn, in 2009.

Born on this day in Woodhaven, Michigan was songwriter and musician Trevor Rosen from Old Dominion who scored the #1 Country hits “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart” and “Written in the Sand”.

Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner performed together for the first time since their 1974 breakup, while taping an episode of Dolly! at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House. Parton wrote the song “I Will Always Love You” after Wagoner suggested she shift from story songs to focus on love songs.

Dixie Chicks were at #1 on the US Country music album chart with their fourth studio album and major label debut Wide Open Spaces. At the 41st Grammy Awards, the album was awarded 2 Grammy Awards out of 3 nominations.

Country singer Johnny Paycheck died at the age of 64. He had been in a nursing home, suffering from emphysema and asthma. During his career, Paycheck recorded 70 albums and had more than two dozen hit singles, the biggest of which was the working man’s anthem, “Take This Job and Shove It”.

Carrie Underwood kicked off The Carnival Ride Tour in Wachovia Arena, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. The singers first headlined tour was in support of her second album, Carnival Ride.