Country Music History for Feb. 1

1937: Singer/songwriter Don Everly is born on this day in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. The Everly Brothers scored four #1 Country hits in the late 50’s with “Bye Bye Love”, “Wake Up Little Susie”, “Bird Dog” and “All I Have to Do Is Dream”. Their song “When Will I Be Loved” later became hits for both Reba McEntire and Linda Ronstadt, respectively.

1964: Buck Owens’ hit, “Love’s Gonna Live Here,” finishes a 16-week run at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. It’s the most recent song to spend 10 or more weeks atop the chart to date.

1968: Johnny Cash (pictured) spends the day visiting several hospitals in Memphis, including the sick and wounded at the Navy Hospital in Millington, Tennesse. Many of those he visited had just returned home from Vietnam.

1980: Kenny Rogers sits at #1 on the US country album chart with his seventh studio album Kenny, which featured the hit singles “Coward of the County” and “You Decorated My Life.”

2009: Faith Hill performs “America, The Beautiful” before the Super Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band playing at halftime.

2012: Lady Antebellum sit at #1 on the US country album charts with their third studio album Own the Night. The album went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Country Album at the 54th Grammy Awards.


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