Coming up this week on WIDE OPEN COUNTRY

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October 14th, 1967...TAMMY WYNETTE sits atop the Billboard charts with her first #1 single as a solo act with “I Don’t Want To Play House”.  The song also wins Tammy a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1968.

On this date in 1977, Epic Records releases JOHNNY PAYCHECK’s signature song “Take This Job And Shove It” written by fellow outlaw DAVID ALLAN COE.

The 19th annual CMA awards were held on this day in 1985 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville.  The JUDDS are big winners taking home the trophy for Vocal Group of the Year and Single of the Year for “Why Not Me”, their 2nd #1 hit.

October 14, 1986, RICKY VAN SHELTON heads into the studio to record one of biggest hits ”Life Turned Her That Way”.  The song, which was originally recorded by LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS and later covered by MEL TILLIS, becomes RICKY’s second #1 record.

#1 on this date in 1989, ”Killin’ Time” by CLINT BLACK.  The video for the song features a cameo appearance by a future superstar TIM McGRAW playing pool in the background of the Saddleback Saloon in Sealy, Texas.

The Grand Ole Opry welcomed a new member on this date in 1989, the late HOLLY DUNN, who performed the classics “Daddy’s Hands” and “There Goes My Heart Again”, written by a then unknown songwriter, JOE DIFFIE.

MCA releases JOSH TURNER’s first hit on this date in 2003 ”Long Black Train”. Don’t forget JOSH is coming to town this Tuesday for the WYRK Transitowne Acoustic show at the UB Center for the Arts.  Also appearing are DYLAN SCOTT & MORGAN WALLEN.  Details can be found HERE.

Sad news delivered on October 14th, 2006 as Mexican-American singer FREDDY FENDER passes away at the age of 69.  Fender was best known for his 1975 hits “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” and “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights”.

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