31 years ago today, Don Williams scored his 12th #1 country hit with "Lord, I Hope This Day is Good." The song was intended as a morning prayer and, coincidentally, the guy who wrote it, Dave Hanner, started writing it one morning and Don later recorded it in the morning. Hanner said he was feeling depressed one morning and out came the hookline and most of the chorus. He finished the song a few months later and took it to Mel Tillis, who back away from it because of its religious message (you know the old saying: the 3 things you don't discuss with other people to avoid arguments are politics, religion and sex). Don was attracted to it because of the religious message and it did so without being heavy-handed.
Steel guitarist Don Helms was born on this date in 1927. A member of Hank Williams' band, The Drifting Cowboys, Don passed away in 2008. In the late 1980's, The Drifting Cowboys played at the Waterloo Inn in Waterloo, Ont., and I was the MC for the show. Sitting with Don and Jerry Rivers during the intermission and listening to some of their stories about Hank was priceless!
Happy birthday today to Chuck Glaser, of Tompall & The Glaser Brothers, and Johnny Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd.