February 10 – This Day in Country Music


Glen Campbell was at #1 on the US Country music chart with his seventh album By the Time I Get to Phoenix. The title track which was written by Jimmy Webb was originally recorded by Johnny Rivers in 1965. Campbell’s version reached #2 on the US Country charts in 1968, and won two Grammy Awards, for Best Vocal Performance, Male and Best Contemporary Male Solo Vocal Performance.


George Jones and Tammy Wynette were at #1 with their duet “Near You”, their third and final chart topper as a duo.

Reba McEntire released her tenth studio album Whoever’s in New England her first #1 album on the Billboard country albums chart. The album produced two singles that were #1 country hits: “Whoever’s in New England”, and “Little Rock.” It was the singer’s first platinum record, and was later named the ‘Entertainer of the Year’ by the Country Music Association in autumn 1986.


“Brother Jukebox” by Mark Chesnutt was the #1 Country song. The song was from Chesnutt’s Too Cold At Home album and was his first single to reach the top of the chart. The song, written by Paul Craft, had also been covered by the Everly Brothers and Keith Whitley

“How Do I Live,” written by Diane Warren and performed by Trisha Yearwood in the movie Con Air, received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song. Originally recorded by LeAnn Rimes in 1997, her version of “How Do I Live” spent 34 weeks on the UK singles chart, ending up as the 6th best selling UK single of 1998.