Let’s hop in our metaphorical time machine and take a trip down memory lane.
On July 1, 1954 Keith Whitley was born in Ashland, Kentucky. Whitley posts an impressive resume with his 19 singles to chart on the Billboard Country Charts. Whitley’s greatest success was his run of five consecutive number one singles. Those singles included: ‘Don’t Close Your Eyes’, ‘When You Say Nothing at All’, ‘I’m No Stranger to the Rain’, ‘I Wonder Do You Think of Me’, and ‘It Ain’t Nothing’. Keith Whitley passed away tragically on May 9, 1989; and the cause of death was determined to be alcohol poisoning.
On July 1, 1971 Melissa Peterman was born in Burnsville, Minnesota. Peterman may not be a famous country singer, producer, or song writer; but she still has a very real claim to county music fame… sort of. Peterman is an actress and comedian whos most widely know for her role on the popular television comedy series ‘Reba’. Peterman starred along side country music icon Reba McEntire. Through the show McEntire and Peterman developed a personal relationship and friendship. Peterman even pops up from time to time at a show of Reba’s, where they like to enjoy a little duet together.
On July 1, 1979 Waylon Jennings was at number one on the US Country Music charts with his single ‘Amanda’. The song was written by Bob McDill, and was also recorded by singer Don Williams. The song featured on Jennings’ 1974 album The Ramblin’ Man. ‘Amanda’ would become Waylon Jennings’ eighth solo single to reach number one on the country charts.
Only July 1, 2004 singer Glen Campbell would spend his first night of ten in jail. Campbell would spend a total of 10 nights in jail, and serve two years of probation, for a drunk driving hit and run collision in November of 2003. Campbell was 68 at the time, and was also sentenced to 75 hours of community service and he was fined $900.