February 19 – This Day in Country Music

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1943
Born on this day in Corinth, Mississippi was Bobby Emmons who as a songwriter wrote hits for George Strait (“So Much Like My Dad”), Waylon Jennings (“Luckenbach, Texas,” “Women Do Know How to Carry On” and “Wurlitzer Prize”) and Tanya Tucker (“Love Me Like You Used To”). Emmons who was a member of Bill Black’s Combo from 1960-63 died on February 23rd 2015.

1966
Buck Owens was at #1 on the country singles chart with Waitin’ in Your Welfare Line. The single was Owens’ tenth #1 on the US country music chart and the track spent seven weeks at the top and a total of eighteen weeks on the country chart.

1977
Elvis Presley was at #1 on the Billboard country chart with “Moody Blue”. Written by Mark James, (who also penned Elvis’ “Suspicious Minds”), the song became Presley’s last #1 hit in his lifetime,

1983
Alabama were at #1 on the US Country music album chart with Mountain Music, released in 1982, it is the award-winning third studio album by the country music group.

1987
Willie Nelson’s American western drama movie Red Headed Stranger premiered in Austin. The film studio had wanted Robert Redford to play the Red Headed Stranger a role Nelson had envisioned for himself. It took two years, but Redford finally turned the part down.

2014
Luke Bryan was at #1 on the country singles chart with Drink a Beer. Bryan has described Drink a Beer as “the coolest sad song ever” and noted that he connects with the story after having lost both of his siblings.