This Day in Country Music: August 20

August 21, 2018

A look back into country music’s history >>>

1923 - Born on this day in Galloway, Texas was American country music singer-songwriter James Travis Reeves who became known as Jim Reeves, (Gentleman Jim). With records charting from the 1950s to the 1980s, he became well known as a practitioner of the Nashville sound. Reeves who scored over ten Country music #1’s died in a plane crash on 31st July 1964 aged 40. He is a member of both the Country Music and Texas Country Music Halls of Fame

1974 - David Allan Coe recorded “You Never Even Called Me By My Name” in Nashville

1977 - Born on this day in in Amarillo, Texas was country singer Aaron Watson. In February 2015, Watson made history when he released The Underdog making him the first solo male artist to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with a self-released and independently distributed and promoted album

1985 - Ricky Skaggs was the lead nominee for the CMA Awards with six nods

1988 - Restless Heart went to number one with “The Bluest Eyes in Texas”

1991 - Collin Raye’s debut album, All I Can Be, was released

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