February 10 – This Day in Country Music

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1960
Born on this day in Gallipolis, Ohio, was Lionel Cartwright, country music artist. Between 1988 and 1992, Cartwright charted twelve singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts, including the 1991 #1 “Leap of Faith”. He also charted in the Top Ten on the same chart with “Give Me His Last Chance”, “I Watched It All (On My Radio)” and “My Heart Is Set on You”.

1967
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.

1986
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.

1998
“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.