Sunday, March 26, 2017

Today in Country Music History...March 26, 2017


Cole Swindell's "You Should Be Here" kicks off a four-week run at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart

The Daily Beast reports Willie Nelson plans to launch his own brand of weed, Willie's Reserve, in states where grass has been legalized

Lady Antebellum and songwriter Rodney Clawson pen "Bartender" on a bus ride from Kansas City to Omaha

Mercury releases Lionel Richie's "Tuskegee" album, featuring such guests as Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Little Big Town, Jennifer Nettles, Jimmy Buffett, Shania Twain, Billy Currington, Tim McGraw and Willie Nelson

Craig Morgan begins a four-week visit at the top of the Billboard chart with "That's What I Love About Sunday"

"Diamonds & Dirt" becomes Rodney Crowell's first gold album

Kenny Chesney is born in Knoxville, Tennessee. After a 1993 launch, he becomes one of the biggest hitmakers of the early-21st century, regularly winning Entertainer of the Year trophies and selling out stadiums in his annual summer concert treks

Charly McClain is born in Jackson, Tennessee. Her distinctive southern voice marks such 1980s releases as "Who's Cheatin' Who," "Radio Heart" and a duet with Mickey Gilley, "Paradise Tonight"

Songwriter Dean Dillon is born in Lake City, Tennessee. He writes the George Strait hits "Ocean Front Property," "The Chair" and "Unwound," plus Keith Whitley's "Miami My Amy," Vern Gosdin's "Set 'Em Up Joe" and George Jones' "Tennessee Whiskey"

Ronnie McDowell is born in Fountain Head, Tennessee. Following his 1977 tribute to Elvis Presley, "The King Is Gone," he reaps more than a dozen Top 10 hits through 1987, including "Older Women" and "You're Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation"

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