For an artist, it's a big deal getting a #1 hit. For some, unfortunately, that's all they got, sometimes earning the nickname "One-Hit Wonder." When I look at the overall careers of some "one-hit wonders," I wonder why they only had one hit. Mel McDaniel had 41 hits on the country charts before his death in 2011 and he only had one #1 hit: "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On" on this date in 1985. Tim McGraw, Wynonna and Ronnie Milsap have all had #1 hits written by former Cincinnati Bengals pro football player Mike Reid, but as a recording artist, Mike has had only one #1 hit: "Walk on Faith" on this date in 1991. Singer Lila McCann never had a #1 hit on the Billboard country charts, but she did have one (and only one) on the Canadian RPM magazine country chart on this date in 1998 with "I Wanna Fall in Love." And, hard to believe, but the late Terry Carisse, one of the most respected and awarded songwriters in Canadian country music history (he had released 31 singles, 24 of them charted), also only had one #1 hit on the RPM chart: "Sparkle in Her Eyes" on this date in 1980. What usually happens is an artist has a song or songs that come close to #1, only to be prevented from reaching the top by a monster hit from another artist. Hard to believe but Bruce Springsteen has never had a #1 hit on the Billboard pop chart!
Birthdays: Shelby Blackstock turns 27 today (he's the son of Reba McEntire and her former husband Narvel Blackstock); Langdon Reid, of the duo Wilson Fairchild and son of Statler Brother Don Reid, turns 42; singer Steve Holy turns 45; singer Dusty Drake turns 53; happy birthday to Hamilton, Ont.-area singer Leslie Grant (she was also part of Harold MacIntyre's backup band, Area Code 705); Port Dover, Ont. singer Kim McKenzie turns 63; Reg Titian, owner and president of Titan Creative Entertainment in Hamilton marks another year around the sun; singer/songwriter Thom Bresh, son of Merle Travis, turns 69; and steel guitarist Rusty Young, of Poco, turns 71.
Also born on this date: songwriter Bob Willis, known as "Mr. Country Gospel," in 1934 (he died in 2009).
Passages: singer Penny DeHaven died of cancer at age 65 in 2014;
Awards: today, Billy Dean, Jim Stafford and former Eagles guitarist Don Felder will be inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame; Jimmy Dean, Ferlin Husky, Billy Sherrill and Don Williams were announced as the newest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010; winners at the 2000 Grammy awards included George Jones, Shania Twain, The Dixie Chicks and Ricky Skaggs; winners at the 1983 Grammys included Willie Nelson, Juice Newton, Alabama and Roy Clark; winners at the 1978 Grammys included Kenny Rogers, Crystal Gayle, The Kendalls, Asleep at the Wheel, The Oak Ridge Boys, B.J. Thomas and Dolly Parton (who won her first Grammy); and Porter Wagoner joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1957.
And the first public presentation of Canada's Juno Awards were held in 1970 in Toronto. The very first Juno award handed out went to country singer Diane Liegh. Other country winners included Stompin' Tom Connors, Myrna Lorrie and The Mercey Brothers. The awards originated in 1964 as the "RPM Gold Leaf Awards," established by Walt Grealis, editor and publisher of RPM magazine. Readers of RPM voted for the trophies until 1975, when members of the Canadian Academy of Recording Artists and Sciences participated.