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Country Music History – May 19


MAY 19

1962: George Jones hit #1 on the Billboard country chart with “She Thinks I Still Care.”

1967: Ralph Stanley held his first recording session as a solo artist in Cincinnati, OH.

1973: Fourteen-year-old Tanya Tucker collected her first #1 single, hitting the top of the Billboard list with “What’s Your Mama’s Name.”

1977: “Smokey & The Bandit” premiered at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The movie stars Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason and Jerry Reed, and sings “East Bound And Down.” John Schneider also appears in a teeny walk-on role.

1979: It’s quite the pick-up line: The Bellamy Brothers picked up their first #1 country single in Billboard with “If I Said You Have A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me.”

1979: Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter had a son, Waylon Albright “Shooter” Jennings. He grew up to become an artist in his own right, earning a Top 10 country album with 2012’s “Family Man” and playing his father in the 2005 movie “Walk The Line.”

1989: T.G. Sheppard opens a restaurant, the North of the Border Cafe and Cantina, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

1989: Clint Black hit #1 with his very first single, “A Better Man.” He was the first country artist to reach the top spot with a debut single since Freddy Fender in 1975.

1990: Ronnie Dunn married his wife, Janine.

1992: Mercury released Billy Ray Cyrus’ debut album, “Some Gave All.”

2013: The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame held the grand opening of its physical location at the Music City Center. In attendance are writers Bill Anderson, Sonny Curtis, Don Schlitz, Rory Bourke and Bobby Braddock.

2013: Donald Trump declared Trace Adkins the winner of “The Celebrity Apprentice” over Penn Jillette on NBC. Adkins sang “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” during the episode, which saw him collect checks from Wynonna Judd, Thompson Square, Billy Ray Cyrus and The Oak Ridge Boys.