March 15 in Country Music History
1927: Carl “Mister Country” Smith is born in Maynardville. Smith was the husband of June Carter (later June Carter Cash) and the father of Carlene Carter.
1970: Merle Haggard is #1 on the Country Chart with “The Fightin’ Side of Me.”
1982: Alabama are at #1 on the Country Album Chart with Mountain Music, their award-winning third studio album.
2008: Randy Travis surprises Carrie Underwood on stage of the Grand Ole Opry with an invitation to become the newest member.
2011: Lady Antebellum sit at #1 on the Country Chart with Need You Now, their second studio album.
On this day in 1984, Alabama was at #1 on the Billboard Country Singles chart with “Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler)”. The song was released as the first single and was the title track to the band’s album Roll On. It was the group’s 12th straight No. 1 single.
On this day in 2001, Alabama announced that they had surpassed 65 million in sales. Those numbers included singles, albums, cd’s and even 8 tracks. Alabama is among the best of all time when it comes to selling albums, having sold a combined 75 million albums and singles to date.
The star power at the upcoming 50th Annual CMA Awards continues to grow with the addition of more legendary acts to the lineup. Joining the star-studded lineup are 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame inductees Charlie Daniels and Randy Travis; former Entertainer of the Year winners Ricky Skaggs and Roy Clark and former CMA Awards host Clint Black. The new wave of performers also includes Jason Aldean, Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett, Jennifer Nettles, Martina McBride and Dwight Yoakam, as well as multi-format performers Elle King and Pentatonix.
· These artists join previously announced performers Alabama, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley, Charley Pride, Reba, George Strait, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and Garth Brooks with Trisha Yearwood.
· The 50th Annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on November 2 at 8:00-PM ET on ABC.
On this day in 1985, Alabama’s Greatest Hits was certified both Gold and Platinum. Before releasing the Greatest Hits album, the band had had 18 number ones and released six multi-platinum albums. The album would go to be Certified 5× Platinum.
Lee Brice tells radio.com, “When I’m making a record, I pull from Alan Jackson and Vince Gill and Garth Brooks and Alabama and Randy Travis and Kenny Rogers. And then I say, ‘Do my songs stand up to their songs?'”
On this day in 1985, Alabama’s “If You’re Gonna Play In Texas ((You Gotta Have A Fiddle In The Band)” was the most popular tune in the country. It was released in July 1984 as the third single from the band’s album Roll On.
Country Music Legends Alabama will be performing at the Iowa State Fair Thursday, August 20th at 08:00 pm. Alabama will be joined by Chris Janson, and tickets are $40.
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On this day in 1986, Alabama’s album My Home’s In Alabama was certified Double-Platinum. The album spawned for singles, the title track “My Home is Alabama” peaked at #17, “I Wanna Come Over” that peaked at #33, as well as “Tennessee River” and “Why Lady Why” which both topped the charts at #1.
On this day in 1985, Alabama’s albums Mountain Music and Feels So Right were certified Quadruple Platinum, while their album The Closer You Get was certified Triple Platinum. Mountain Music was not only a huge success on the country charts, put crossed over to the pop charts as well, hitting number one. In 1998, Mountain Music was certified 5X Platinum.