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April 5

Why today? It’s Tommy Cash’s 70th birthday, and this is his biggest hit.

About the record: Epic 5-10540, recorded Sept. 7, 1969, at Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville. Released October 1969, it reached No. 4 on Billboard‘s country chart. Also appeared on Six White Horses, Epic BN-26535, released March 1970. It reached No. 18 on Billboard‘s country chart.

The most recent of the three tragic events channeled in this Larry Murray song — the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. — took place 42 years ago yesterday, one day before Cash’s 28th birthday.

About the artist: Check out a recent 3 Chords a Day post on another Tommy Cash entry in the Top 10, “Rise And Shine,” and follow the links.