Moon and WBKR’s Day In The Country — July 5, 2011 [Video]
Let’s take a look at some of the events that took place on this date, July 5, in Country music.
1989. Presley Tucker is born. She’s the daughter of Country singer Tanya Tucker. When Presley was a mere baby, Tanya appeared on a Radio Show with me. Here are the three of us at Emerald Sound Studios in Nashville around 1991.
In 1980, the #1 song on Billboard‘s Country Chart was HE STOPPED LOVING HER TODAY by George Jones. I was programming WDAF in Kansas City at the time. My music director Stephanie Pflumm told me this was going to be a big hit. I was unconvinced but we added it. And, now, 31 years later it is known as the greatest country song of all time. Sorry, Steph — you had great ears. Let’s listen.
In 1969, Billboard’s #1 Country song was STATUE OF A FOOL by Jack Greene. That same year Jack and fellow Grand Ole Opry member Jeannie Seely had a hit song, WISH I DIDN’T HAVE TO MISS YOU. I was at WINN Radio in Louisville. Part of our reaching out was to take Country singers to local and area jails and prisons. Jack and Jeannie were kind enough to perform for us at Eddyville back then. I have no idea as to the logic of going that far from Louisville for a show.
And, today a VIP day in Rock ‘N Roll history as well. July 5, 1954, Elvis Presley records THAT’S ALL RIGHT MAMA on Sun Records and launches Rock ‘N Roll. Elvis is also a major influence in Country Music as well.