Monday, May 14, 2018

Today in Country Music History...May 14, 2018 (Willie Nelson was at #1 on the Country charts + others)

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May 14th: On this day

Merle Haggard was at #1 on the country charts with "Hungry Eyes" one of the most famous of his career. "Hungry Eyes" is a tribute to Oklahomans and others who lived in labor camps during the Great Depression, the time period in which this song is set.
Johnny Cash appeared on the UK TV David Frost Show, where he talked about his career as well as performing "Man In Black" and "If I Were A Carpenter.'
Merle Haggard was at #1 on the Country chart with "Grandma Harp” which was released as the second single from the album Let Me Tell You About a Song. "Grandma Harp" would become Merle Haggard's 12th #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.
Willie Nelson was at #1 on the US Country charts with, “Always on My Mind”, a song originally recorded by Brenda Lee in 1972. Over 300 artists have recored the song, including Elvis Presely who scored a hit with his version in 1972. Nelson won a Grammy Award for his version of the song.
Winners at the 19th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Mac Davis, Crystal Gayle and Charlie Pride included: Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Janie Fricke, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Lee Greenwood, Top Vocal Group - Exile, Top New Female Vocalist of the Year - Gus Hardin, Top New Male Vocalist of the Year - Jim Glaser, Top Vocal Duet of the Year - Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton and Album of the Year went to Alabama for Alabama.
Born on this day, was American country music singer and songwriter Dustin Lynch who scored the 2012 Country #2 hit "Cowboys and Angels."
Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris were at #1 on the country album chart with Trio, which went on to sell over sold over 4 million copies and received several Grammy nominations.
Just six weeks after breaking his wrist in a cross-country motorbike race, Craig Morgan was involved in another accident, breaking his right leg during a competition in Vanleer, Tennessee. He was forced to perform from a wheelchair or on crutches for the following few weeks.
Country singer Blake Shelton married Maranda Lambert at Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, Texas. 550 people were in attendance, including many celebrities, such as Reba McEntire, Cee Lo Green, Martina McBride, Kelly Clarkson, Dierks Bentley, Charles Kelley, and the Bellamy Brothers.

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