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“The Perfect Country and Western Song” This Day in Country Music – August 20th (Video)

1974 – David Allan Coe records “the perfect country & western song,” “You Never Even Called Me By My Name,” at Nashville’s Columbia Studio A, namechecking Waylon Jennings, Charley Pride, Merle Haggard and songwriter Steve Goodman in the process.

2010 – Lady Antebellum collects a gold single for “American Honey” and a quadruple-platinum single for “Need You Now”.


2007 – BNA releases Kenny Chesney’s “Don’t Blink” to radio.


1988 – Restless Heart’s “Bluest Eyes In Texas” rises to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.


1985 – Ricky Skaggs leads with six nominations for the Country Music Association awards. Alabama, George Strait and Lee Greenwood each get four nominations. Those four are finalists for the Entertainer of the Year title, along with Reba McEntire.


1977 – Elvis Presley’s “Way Down” goes to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.


1952 – Rudy Gatlin, of The Gatlin Brothers, born in Olney, Texas. Behind songwriting lead singer Larry Gatlin, the trio earns a Grammy for 1976’s “Broken Lady,” beginning a 12-year string of harmony-packed successes.


1952 – Singer-songwriter John Hiatt born in Indianapolis, Indiana. His country hits include “She Don’t Love Nobody,” by The Desert Rose Band; “Drive South,” by Suzy Bogguss; and “The Way We Make A Broken Heart,” by Rosanne Cash.


1948 – Rock singer Robert Plant born in Birmingham, England. The vocalist for hard-rock pioneers Led Zeppelin, he joins Alison Krauss on a Top 5 country album, 2007’s “Raising Sand”


1923 – Jim Reeves born in Panola County, Texas. Combining a warm tone with perfectionist phrasing, he becomes one of country’s strongest balladeers. He enters the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1967, three years after a plane crash takes his life.

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