February 14 – This Day in Country Music

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1939
Born on this day in La Fayette, Alabama, was Razzy Bailey American country music artist, who scored the 1980 #1 single “Loving Up a Storm”. Bailey has had three double sided #1’s in succession on the Country charts, a feat never accomplished by any other artist.

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.

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.

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.