Saturday, March 24, 2018

Today in Country Music History...March 24, 2018 (Ray Charles & Willie Nelson "Seven Spanish Angels")


March 24th: On this day

Charlie Rich was at #1 on the US country album chart with Behind Closed Doors. The album received three Country Music Association awards: Best Male Vocalist, Album of the Year, and Single of the Year, for the title song which gave the singer his first #1 hit.

Ray Charles and Willie Nelson were at #1 on the US country chart with "Seven Spanish Angels”. Written by Troy Seals and Eddie Setser, "Seven Spanish Angels" would be the most successful of Ray Charles' eight hits on the country chart.

Toby Keith was at #1 on the US Country chart with "How Do You Like Me Now?!" Taken from his album How Do You Like Me Now?! The song spent five weeks at #1 on the chart and became his first major crossover hit.

Dixie Chicks fifth studio album Fly was at #1 on the country chart. The album earned 4 Grammy nominations in 2000, and the group won 2: Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "Ready to Run" and Best Country Album. It was also nominated for Album of the Year and the writers of "Ready to Run", Marcus Hummon and Martie Seidel were nominated for Best Country Song.

Toby Keith's father was killed in a car accident on Interstate 35. On December 25, 2007, the family was awarded $2.8 million for the wrongful death of H.K. Covel, (Keith’s father). Elias and Pedro Rodriguez, operators of Rodriguez Transportes of Tulsa, and the Republic Western Insurance Co. were found liable as they failed to properly equip the charter bus with properly working air brakes.

Wild Eagle opened at the Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, the first Bolliger & Mabillard Wing Coaster in the United States. It was also the biggest investment in Dollywood history.

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