Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Country Music History...May 23, 2018 (Carrie Underwood became the third female to chart at #1 + others)

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May 23rd: On this day

Born on this day in Crimora, Virginia was Mac Wiseman, who worked as a sideman for Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs as well as releasing his own solo bluegrass records for the Dot label. Wiseman also serves as a founding member of the Country Music Association and joined the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2014.

Born on this day in Buffalo, New York, was Misty Morgan who with her husband Jack Blanchard had hits in 1970s, including the charting albums Birds of a Feather and Two Sides of Jack and Misty. Between 1969 and 1976, the duo also released fourteen singles, including "Tennessee Bird Walk", a #1 hit.

Born on this day in Riverside, California, was Judy Rodman, Country Music Singer. In the mid-80s, she scored the US Country #1 hit "Until I Met You." She also won the Academy of Country Music's "Top New Female Vocalist" award in 1985.

Born on this day in Cleveland, Ohio, was Shelly West, country music singer. Her mother was the country music star Dottie West, whose career spanned three decades. Shelly is best known for having hit duets with David Frizzell, and for their #1 hit "You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma". She also was a successful solo artist, having her own #1 hit, "Jose Cuervo" in 1983.

Born on this day in Bethesda, Maryland, was Brian McComas country music artist who scored the 2003 Top Ten single "99.9% Sure (I've Never Been Here Before)".

The Tennessean of Nashville reported plans by the Academy of Country Music to move its awards show to April, after consistently being drubbed in the ratings by powerhouse American Idol. The ACMs, which aired May 24 on CBS, appeared opposite Fox's American Idol for the fourth year in a row. Winners at this years show included: Keith Urban who won Top Male Vocalist, Carrie Underwood won Top New Female Vocalist and Single Record of the Year for "Jesus, Take the Wheel."

Personal File was released, the 92nd album by the late American music icon Johnny Cash. The two CD set contained 49 unreleased tracks recorded between 1973 and 1982, which had been recovered from a vault of material housed at the House of Cash studios.

Blown Away the fourth studio album by Carrie Underwood was at #1 on the Billboard 200. With Blown Away reaching #1, Underwood became the third female to chart at #1 with three country albums, tying her with Linda Ronstadt and Faith Hill.

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