February 1 – This Day in Country Music


Born on this day in Brownie, Muhlenberg County, Kentuck, was singer, songwriter Don Everly. The Everly Brothers scored 4 #1 Country hits in the late 50’s; “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 Reba McEntire and Linda Ronstadt, respectively. The Everly Brothers were elected to Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.

Buck Owens’ hit, “Love’s Gonna Live Here,” finished its 16-week run at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. To date, it is the most recent song to spend 10 or more weeks atop the chart.

Kenny Rogers was 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.”

Brad Paisley released his debut single “Who Needs Pictures” as the first single and title track from his first album. It reached #12 on the Hot Country Songs chart.

Country music songwriter John Jarrard died of respiratory failure. Jarred was affected by diabetes, eventually undergoing a second kidney transplant and having both legs amputated in 1997. He wrote songs for Alabama, George Strait, Don Williams, and others. His first # 1 single as a songwriter was “Nobody but You” by Don Williams.

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

Lady Antebelum were at #1 on the US country album chart with there third studio album Own the Night. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Country Album at the 54th Grammy Awards.

Dolly Parton was honored by MusiCares as its 2019 Person of the Year becoming the first country singer to be named a MusiCares Person of the Year. Parton is widely respected for her philanthropy. She founded Imagination Library in 1995 in honor of her father who couldn’t read. Imagination Library began as a free service that shipped books from birth to age 5 years old to children in her hometown. Today, Parton’s Imagination Library ships more than 1 million age-appropriate books a month to children in four countries.