Sunday, April 8, 2018

Today in Country Music History...April 8, 2018 (The Oak Ridge Boys were # 1 on the Country Singles Chart)

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1946
Al Dexter and His Troopers were at #1 on the US Country singles chart with “Guitar Polka”. The track spent a total of 16 weeks on Billboard's list as the "Most Played Juke Box Folk Record" in 1946. Dexter owned a bar in the 1930s and helped popularize the style of country music known as 'honky tonk', when he recorded "Honky Tonk Blues" at his first recording session in 1936.

1960
Born on this day in Mount Kisco, New York, was John Schneider III, actor and singer best known for his portrayal of Bo Duke in the 1980s American television series The Dukes of Hazzard, and as Jonathan Kent on Smallville, a 2001 television adaptation of Superman. Alongside his acting career, Schneider performed as a country singer in the 1980s, releasing nine studio albums which gave him hits such as: "I've Been Around Enough to Know", "Country Girls", "What's a Memory Like You (Doing in a Love Like This)" and "You're the Last Thing I Needed Tonight", all of which reached the top of the Billboard country singles charts.

1979
Anne Murray was spending her third week atop of the country charts with "I Just Fall in Love Again". Written by Larry Herbstritt, with co-writers Steve Dorff, Harry Lloyd, and Gloria Sklerov. The song was originally recorded by The Carpenters and later covered by Dusty Springfield, whose version inspired Anne Murray to record her own cover.

1982
The Oak Ridge Boys were at #1 on the Country singles chart with “Bobbie Sue”, the title track of their seventh album became the Oaks' sixth #1 single.

1990
Randy Travis was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart" released as the second single from the album No Holdin' Back. The song spent four weeks at #1 on the chart and in doing so, became the first song to stay that long atop the chart for 12 years; the last to accomplish the feat was the 1978 song, "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson.

2007
Tim McGraw was at #1 on the US album chart with Let It Go his fourth #1 album. The album produced seven Top 20 US country hits. The first single from the album, "Last Dollar (Fly Away)" (written by Big Kenny of Big & Rich), reached the top of the country charts in early 2007, giving McGraw his first #1 hit since "Back When" in late 2004.

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