February 14 – This Day in Country Music

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1950
The #1 best selling Country record “Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy” by Red Foley became the first Country hit cross over record on the Pop Best Seller chart.

1955
George Jones was on the Country charts with “Why Baby Why”, Jones’ first chart single, (which peaked at #4), following several unsuccessful singles released during the prior year on Starday Records.

1978
Dolly Parton was at #1 on the US Country music album chart with Here You Come Again her nineteenth solo studio album. The album included Parton’s first significant “crossover” success, the Grammy award-winning title single, which scored her a #3 on the US pop singles charts.

1979
Taken from the soundtrack to the film of the same name, “Every Which Way But Loose” by Eddie Rabbitt was at #1 on the Country chart. Released just weeks before the film premiered nationwide, the title track immediately broke in popularity. In fact, the song debuted at #18 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, the highest debut since the inception of the 100-position chart in July 1973. The record was later tied by Garth Brooks’ “Good Ride Cowboy” in 2005.

1998
Hal Ketchum married Gina Pacconi at the Grace Methodist Church in Austin, Texas. Guests include Delbert McClinton and songwriters Jim Lauderdale and Kim Richey.

2002
Forty couples are married in a mass Valentine’s Day ceremony in Newport News, Virginia. American country music singer Steve Holy performed his #1 hit “Good Morning Beautiful” for the couples’ first dance

2011
Glen Campbell announced he would release his final studio album in 2011 with a farewell tour to follow. He was also is planning an acoustic-style greatest-hits album before officially retiring.