Today In Country Music History [VIDEO]
1977 Livin’ The Outlaw Life
Waylon Jennings is arrested during a recording session, along with his secretary, Lori Evans, on charges of conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine. The charges were eventually dropped. Jennings is rumored to have flushed the drugs before the cops could produce a warrant. The event inspires his song “Don’t You Think This Outlaw Bit’s Done Got Out Of Hand.”
In his later years, Jennings was open and honest about his addiction, saying, “I did more drugs than anybody you ever saw in your life.” At one point, he claims he had a $1,500 a day cocaine habit that he wasn’t able to kick until he went cold turkey in 1984. The heavy drug use contributed to health problems for the singer, which eventually led to his death in February 2002 at the age of 64.
Faith Hill‘s “Breathe” becomes her second gold single. Written by Stephanie Bentley and Holly Lamar, the song spent 4 weeks at the top of the Country charts and peeked at #2 on the Billboard Pop Chart.
Having spent 53 weeks on the chart, “Breathe” was named the #1 song of the year 2000 by Billboard. It is the only the second song in the history of the year end Hot 100 chart to be named #1 for the year, without being #1 on any of the weekly surveys (the first was “Wooly Bully” by Sam The Sham And The Pharoahs in 1965.)
Johnny Paycheck records the David Allan Coe-penned “Take This Job And Shove It” at Nashville’s Columbia Recording Studio. The song was Paycheck’s only #1 hit and spent two weeks at the top of the chart.
Coe recorded his own variation of the song called “Take This Job and Shove It Too” on his 1978 album Family Album. It included the double-meaning line “Paycheck you may be a thing of the past.” He was annoyed that Paycheck allowed people to think he had written the song.
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