March 13th in Country Music History
1930: Country music singer and Grand Ole Opry star Jan Howard is born in West Plains, Missouri.
1963: Singer/songwriter Billy Yates is born in Doniphan, Missouri.
1980: Willie Nelson sits at #1 on the Country Chart with “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys,” the title of a song from the soundtrack for The Electric Horseman.
1987: George Strait dominates at #1 on the Country Chart with Ocean Front Property, his seventh studio album and Strait’s first to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart.
2005: Rascal Flatts takes #1 on the US Country Music Album Chart with Feels Like Today.
2012: Lady Antebellum are at #1 on the US County Chart with Own the Night, which won the Grammy Award for Best Country Album at the 54th Grammy Awards.
2015: A Woodstock woman takes out legal action suing Willie Nelson, claiming that the lyrics of a song on his Heroes album were “substantially and strikingly similar” to one written by her and her partner. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Atlanta by Ashley Wilson and the estate of Mark Reynolds contended Nelson’s 2012 song, “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” was written by Wilson and Reynolds in 1990.
March 12 in Country Music History
1938: Country singer and songwriter Lew DeWitt of The Statler Brothers fame is born on this day. DeWitt suffered from Crohn’s disease and died on August 15, 1990.
1975: The high profile divorce between George Jones and Tammy Wynette is finalised.
1991: Alan Jackson scores his first #1 on Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, with “I’d Love You All Over Again.”
2006: After having successful test runs in outside cities, Ring of Fire, a jukebox musical version of the Johnny Cash biography, debuts on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. However, the show closed due to harsh reviews and disappointing sales on April 30, 2006.
1962: Country music singer/songwriter Richie McDonald is born in Lubbock, Texas. McDonald was the lead singer of Lonestar from 1992 until his departure in 2007.
1967: Country music singer/songwriter, guitarist, and record producer Anita Cockerham is born in South Lyon, Michigan. She made her debut on the US country charts with her first album Back to You.
2005: American singer/songwriter and manager Wyatt Merle Kilgore dies. He co-wrote (with June Carter), “Ring Of Fire”, which became a hit for Johnny Cash, ending Cash’s three-year career slump.
2010: Wynonna Judd announces that she will reunite with her mother, Naomi Judd, to tour and record a studio album as The Judds (pictured) by the end of 2010.