Friday, May 25, 2018

Country Music History...May 25, 2018 (Merle Haggard was at #1 on the country chart + others)

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May 25th: On this day

Born on this day in Monarat (Iron Ridge), Carroll County, Virginia, was Ernest Stoneman who is ranked among the prominent recording artists of country music's first commercial decade. On February 12, 2008, Ernest "Pop" Stoneman was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Born on this day in Olive Hill, Kentucky, was Tom T. Hall, country music singer-songwriter. Hall has written 11 #1 hit songs, with 26 more that reached the Top 10, including "Harper Valley PTA" a hit for Jeannie C. Riley in 1968. He became known as 'The Storyteller,' due to his storytelling skills in his songwriting.

Born on this day in Phoenix, Arizona, was Jessi Colter country music artist who is best known for her collaboration with her husband, Waylon Jennings and for her 1975 country-pop crossover hit "I'm Not Lisa".

Born on this day Cindy Cashdollar, steel guitar and Dobro artist. Cashdollar received five Grammy awards while playing for eight years with Asleep at the Wheel. In 2006, she toured with Van Morrison promoting his country and western album, Pay the Devil.

Bobby Goldsboro was at #1 on the Country chart with "Honey," also known as "Honey (I Miss You)." Written by Bobby Russell, who first produced it with former Kingston Trio member Bob Shane. Then he gave it to American singer Bobby Goldsboro who recorded it for his tenth album. "Honey" spent five weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.

Hag the thirteenth studio album by Merle Haggard was at #1 on the country chart, becoming his fifth album to top the Billboard country album charts.

Country music songwriter Ben Peters died. Charley Pride recorded 40 of his songs and 4 of them went to #1 on the American country charts. Peters was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1980.

Garth Brooks proposed to his longtime girlfriend and fellow country music star Trisha Yearwood in Bakersfield, California, ending long-standing speculation about their relationship

Scotty McCreery won the tenth-season competition of American Idol, becoming the second country music-focused artist (behind Carrie Underwood) to win. Runner-up Lauren Alaina is also rooted in country music. Days later, both signed lucrative contracts with Mercury Nashville Records.

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