Sunday, April 15, 2018

Today in Country Music History...April 15, 2018 (Lady Antebellum Debuts at #1)

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April 15th: On this day

1933
Born on this day in Meherrin, Virginia, was Roy Clark, musician and performer best known for hosting Hee Haw, a nationally televised country variety show, from 1969–1992. Clark who scored the 1973 country #1 hit "Come Live with Me", also appeared in episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies as "Cousin Roy."
1959
Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two played their first show in Australia when they kicked off a tour at Melbourne Festival Hall. This was the first time Cash had appearred live outside of the US.
1977
Kenny Rogers was at #1 on the country charts with "Lucille". Written by Roger Bowling and Hal Bynum, the song is about a man who acquaints himself with a downhearted married woman named Lucille. An inebriated Lucille admits her unhappiness in life and a longing for adventure. An international hit, it reached #1 on the Billboard Country Singles chart and #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached the top of the UK singles chart in June 1977.
1978
Born on this day in in Lexington, Kentucky was American country and bluegrass musician Chris Stapleton who scored the 2015 US No.1 album Traveller. Stapleton who is a former member of The SteelDrivers has also written hits for Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Adele and George Strait.
1999
The body of Tammy Wynette was exhumed from her grave in an attempt to settle a dispute over how the country music legend died. A new autopsy was conducted on her a week after three of her daughters filed a wrongful death lawsuit against her doctor and her husband and manager, George Richey, claiming they were responsible for her death 12 months ago. Richey said he had requested the autopsy because of the allegations made against him.
2008 
Capitol released the self-titled debut album by Lady Antebellum, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, the first debut by a country group to achieve this. It also reached #4 on the overall Billboard Top 200 charts and received a nomination for Album of the Year on the 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards.
 2015
It was reported that Digital music revenues matched physical sales for the first time in 2014, thanks to strong growth in the streaming market. The digital market rose 6.9% to $6.9 billion (£4.6 billion), representing 46% of all global music sales. CDs, vinyl and other physical formats also accounted for 46% of the market with Taylor Swift the most popular artist.

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