This Day in Country Music: August 27

August 28, 2018

A look back into country music history >>>

1949 - Born on this day in Fort Payne, Alabama, was Jeff Cook guitarist and singer, songwriter best known as one of the founding members of Alabama

1957 - Bill Anderson wrote “City Lights” in Commerce, Georgia. It went to number one in 1958 for Ray Price and again for Mickey Gilley in 1974

1960 - The last ever Louisiana Hayride show was broadcast. What started as a country music radio show and later became a television show was broadcast from the Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana, that from 1948 to 1960 helped to launch the careers of some of the greatest names in American country & western music

1961 - Born on this day in Burbank, California, was Jeffrey Steele, country music singer and songwriter who formed the band Boy Howdy, and along with recording his own material, Steele has become a prolific Nashville songwriter, having co-written more than sixty hit songs for such artists as Montgomery Gentry, Tim McGraw, (“The Cowboy in Me”), Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes, Rascal Flatts, (“These Days” and “What Hurts the Most”), Billy Ray Cyrus, and others

1970 - Born on this day in Barrie, Ontario, was Jason McCoy, who has won many awards including the 2001 Male Vocalist of the Year at the Canadian Country Music Awards. McCoy was a member of the country-rock group The Road Hammers from 2005–2010

1977 - Crystal Gayle began a four-week run at number one with “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue”

1990 - Garth Brooks’ No Fences album hit stores

1994 - Clay Walker ascended to the top of the Billboard country chart with “Dreaming with My Eyes Open”

1998 - Phil Vassar welcomed the birth of his child, a daughter named Haley

1998 - The mother of country star Garth Brooks underwent 12 hours of surgery to remove a cancerous growth in her throat

2002 - The Dixie Chicks released their acoustic-based album Home

2003 - Keith Urban went platinum with his album Golden Road

2005 - CMT ranked Merle Haggard’s “Okie From Muskogee” at number one in their countdown of the 20 Greatest City Songs

2013 – To celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary, Alabama reunites for Alabama & Friends, a tribute album with some of the group’s biggest hits sung with contemporary country artists like Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith and Jason Aldean

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