I got my start in radio in February of 1995 from a mysterious stranger who recommended me to then 97.5 KWVS – The Waves “Classic Rock.” I began working the overnight shift and within six weeks I went to mid-days. In May 1995, we changed our format to country and I was in Heaven! Under the guidance of Dr. Bruce Nelson Stratton, I have learned the in and outs of production, programming, management, and public service. My ultimate goal is to work in Houston, TX as a jock and music programmer. Until then, I am very happy to be a part of the Quality Broadcasting family.
Today’s Music News:
THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2020
FGL’s Tyler Hubbard and his wife are done having kids after their third child, a son, is due this fall. Zac Brown says being at home now has given him extra time with his five children who range from 13 to 6. Zac’s been quarantining on his property outside Atlanta and he recently made an obstacle course just like in the video game Fortnite. He and his kids have also been going on scavenger hunts.
Glen Campbell’s widow Kim has a tell-all book out June 23, ‘Gentle On My Mind: In Sickness and in Health with Glen Campbell.’ He battled addiction their whole marriage. One time after drinking too much Glen pointed a pistol at her like he was lining up a target then he turned and walked away. Kim said when he wasn’t drinking, Glen was the best guy in the world. She hopes the book will help others know they’re not alone.
Finally – Carly Pearce will live chat with fans on her YouTube channel today at noon CT.
TODAY’S TIME WHARP:
May 28th: On this day
Born on this day in Letcher County, Kentucky, was Gary Stewart, country musician and songwriter known for his distinctive vibrato voice and his southern rock influenced, outlaw country sound. During the mid-1970s Time magazine described him as the “king of honkytonk.” His biggest hit was the 1975 US #1 Country hit “She’s Actin’ Single (I’m Drinkin’ Doubles).” Stewart died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on December 16, 2003 a few weeks after his wife had died from pneumonia.
Born on this day in Big Pond, Cape Breton County, was Rita MacNeil, Canadian country and folk singer. Her biggest hit, “Flying On Your Own”, was a crossover Top 40 hit in 1987 and was covered by Anne Murray. In 1990, she was the bestselling country artist in Canada, outselling even Garth Brooks and Clint Black. She was also the only female singer ever to have three separate albums chart in the same year in Australia.
Born on this day in Milwaukee, was Leland Sklar, bass guitarist and film score composer who has contributed to over 2,000 albums as a session musician, including albums by Reba McEntire, The Oak Ridge Boys, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, George Strait, Jimmy Webb, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Vince Gill, Glen Campbell and Clint Black.
Born on this day in Warren, Ohio, Jerry Douglas, lap steel player and record producer who has worked with Ray Charles, Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, Clint Black and others. Douglas has received thirteen Grammy Awards and has won the Country Music Association’s ‘Musician of the Year’ award three times,
Born on this day in Waxahachie, Texas was session musician and record producer Brent Rowan. He also played guitar for Alabama, Alan Jackson, Chris LeDoux, Clay Walker, Confederate Railroad, and others. In 1989, Rowan was awarded Guitarist of the Year by the Academy of Country Music.
Born on this day in Lynchburg, Virginia, was Phil Vassar, country music singer, songwriter who has co-written singles for several country artists, including Tim McGraw (“For a Little While”, “My Next Thirty Years”), Jo Dee Messina (“Bye, Bye”, “I’m Alright”), Collin Raye (“Little Red Rodeo”), and Alan Jackson (“Right on the Money”). In 1999, he was named by American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers as Country Songwriter of the Year.
Dolly Parton released her twenty-first solo studio album Great Balls of Fire. The album’s first single, “You’re the Only One”, topped the U.S. country charts in mid 1979.
Kathy Mattea was at #1 on the Country chart with “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses.” The song is about a truck driver called Charlie who is retiring after 30 years to spend the rest of his time with his wife.
Clint Black was at #1 on the US Country music album chart with his debut album, Killin’ Time which featured the hits “A Better Man”, “Nothing’s News”, “Walking Away”, “Nobody’s Home”, and the title track.
Guitarist and songwriter Slim Bryant, the last surviving singer to have made a recording with Country legend Jimmie Rodgers, died at the age of 101. They recorded Bryant’s song “Mother, the Queen of My Heart” in 1932. He also recorded nine other songs with Rodgers.
Canadian-born producer, songwriter Ralph Murphy died age 75. He penned hits for many artists including Shania Twain, Randy Travis, Ray Price and Crystal Gayle. Murphy was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2012.
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