Sunday, January 22, 2017

Today in Country Music History...January 22, 2017



Capitol releases Lady Antebellum's "Downtown" to radio

Brad Paisley performs "Camouflage" in a short halftime set during an NFL playoff game at San Francisco's Candlestick Park. The New York Giants defeat the 49ers in the game, 20-17

Darryl Worley's "Awful, Beautiful Life" leads him to the top spot on the Billboard country singles chart

Kenny Chesney's "Greatest Hits" is certified gold and platinum simultaneously

Hal Ketchum performs "Small Town Saturday Night" as he joins the Grand Ole Opry

RCA releases Aaron Tippin's first album, "You've Got To Stand For Something"

For the third straight year, Randy Travis leads country winners at the American Music Awards with a trio of trophies, including Favorite Country Single, for "Deeper Than The Holler." Other country victors: Reba McEntire, Alabama and Clint Black

Glen Campbell nets the first gold single of his career, for "Wichita Lineman"

Alabama bass player Teddy Gentry is born in Fort Payne, Alabama. The band mixes country with southern rock in becoming the hottest country act of the 1980s, eventually entering the Country Music Hall of Fame

Exile lead vocalist J.P. Pennington is born in Berea, Kentucky. Founded in 1963, Exile becomes one of country's top groups during the 1980s, with Pennington and bass player Sonny Lemaire co-writing the bulk of the band's hook-filled hits

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