February 1 – This Day in Country Music

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1937
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.

1964
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.

1968
Johnny Cash spent the day visiting several hospitals in Memphis including the sick and wounded at the Navy Hospital in Millington, Tennesse, many of whom had just returned home from Vietnam.

1980
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.”

1999
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.

2009
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.

2019
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.