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Tracy Chapman’s This Day In Country Music History 6/20/18

Welcome To Wednesday June 20th’  Let’s All Celebrate

NATIONAL AMERICAN EAGLE DAY | NATIONAL VANILLA MILKSHAKE DAY | NATIONAL ICE CREAM SODA DAY | NATIONAL HIKE WITH A GEEK DAY | NATIONAL KOUIGN AMANN DAY (more information available at national day)

Random Fun Fact

The “E” in Wile E. Coyote stands for Ethelbert.

IT HAPPENED ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

1945 Happy Birthday Anne Murray born on this day in Springhill, Nova Scotia.  The Canadian singer whose albums have sold over 54 million copies. Murray became the first Canadian female solo singer to reach #1 on the US charts, and also the first to earn a Gold record for one of her signature songs, “Snowbird”. She is also the first woman and the first Canadian to win “Album of the Year” at the Country Music Association Awards for her 1984 album A Little Good News.

1949 Happy Birthday Lionel Richie born on this day in Tuskegee, Alabama, was  singer, songwriter and one time member of the Commodores. Kenny Rogers scored the 1980 crossover country hit with the Richie written and produced track “Lady”. Richie also charted with the band “Alabama” with “Stuck On You” in May 1984.

1988 Garth Brooks signed with Capital Records. His eponymous first album was released in 1989 and peaked at #2 in the US country album chart and Brooks break out hit “The Dance” thrust him into instant stardom.  Garth went on to brake records for both sales and concert attendance throughout the 1990s and is still setting records with his most recent tours.  Garth Brooks is just days away from announcing another world tour.

1991 Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US country chart with his third studio album, Ropin’ the Wind. The album replaced his previous album No Fences at the #1 postion, where it enjoyed a combined 18 weeks at the top of the charts.

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1992 Billy Ray Cyrus was at #1 on the US Country music chart with his breakthrough hit “Achy Breaky Heart”.  It Became the first Country single to be certified Platinum since Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton’s “Islands in the Stream” in 1983.

Country Music Fun Fact

In 1980, when Willie Nelson was invited to perform at the White House by then-president Jimmy Carter, the singer famously retired to the roof, where he supposedly smoked a joint.

(more information on these and other stories available at Countrymusic.com)

 

 

 

 

 

 



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