August 25 – This Day in Country Music

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Born on this day in Flatwoods, Kentucky, was Billy Ray Cyrus, country music singer, songwriter and actor, best known for his 1992 US #1 single “Achy Breaky Heart,” (which was originally titled “Don’t Tell My Heart”). His 1992 debut album Some Gave All has been certified 9 x Multi-Platinum in the US and is the longest time spent by a debut artist at #1 on the Billboard chart. From 2001 to 2004, Cyrus starred in the television show Doc. The show was about a country doctor who moved from Montana to New York City. In late 2005, he began to co-star in the Disney Channel series Hannah Montana with his daughter Miley Cyrus.

The first recordings for the Sentimentally Yours began at the Bradley Film and Recording Studios in Nashville. This would become Patsy Cline’s final studio album she would release before her death in a plane crash less than a year later. Out of the twelve songs this album consisted of, only two songs were new songs, “She’s Got You” and the “She’s Got You”‘s flip side, “Strange”. The ten remaining tracks were cover versions of standards.

Born on this day in Framingham, Massachusetts, was Jo Dee Marie Messina country music singer, songwriter, who has scored nine #1 singles on the Billboard country music charts. She has been honored by the Country Music Association, The Academy of Country Music and has been nominated for two Grammy Awards. She was the first female country artist to score three multiple-week #1 songs from the same album.

The Western movie A Gunfight directed by Lamont Johnson and starring Kirk Douglas and Johnny Cash was released across the US.

Garth Brooks released his first Christmas album, Beyond the Season which peaked at #2 on both of Billboard magazine’s 200 and Top Country Albums sales charts that year. Beyond the Season was also the best-selling Christmas/holiday album of 1992 in the US where is sold over 2.5m copies.

Brad Paisley released his tenth studio album Moonshine in the Trunk becoming Paisley’s eighth album to hit #1 on Billboard’s country chart. It also peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200.