February 2 – This Day in Country Music

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1946
Born on this day in Darby, Florida, was Howard Bellamy, singer, songwriter of The Bellamy Brothers. The duo had success in the 1970s and 1980s, starting with the release of their crossover hit “Let Your Love Flow” in 1976, a #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100. Starting in the late 1970s, the Bellamy Brothers found success in country music as well, charting twenty #1 singles.

1960
Loretta Lynn signed her first contract on with Zero Records which saw her recoding tracks tat United Western Recorders in Hollywood, California.

1970
Dolly Parton released her fifth solo studio album The Fairest of Them All which peaked at #13 on the US Billboard Hot Country LP’s chart. The album’s only single, “Daddy Come and Get Me”, was released in December 1969.

1974
Dolly Parton scored her second #1 Country hit single with “Jolene.” Parton has said that the inspiration for the story was a tall, red-headed bank teller whom Parton believed was flirting with her husband, and her husband’s apparent vulnerability to the teller’s charm as indicated by his sudden interest in making frequent trips to the bank.

1992
Doug Stone was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “A Jukebox With A Country Song”, the singers second chart topper.

1993
Willie Nelson agreed to pay $9 million of the $16.7 million he owed the Internal Revenue Service. His accountants, Price Waterhouse, had not been paying Nelson’s taxes for years and in addition to the unpaid taxes, Nelson’s situation was worsened by the weak investments he had made during the early 1980s.

2007
Terry McMillan, country musician who played harmonica and percussion died at the age of 53. He became a very in-demand session musician working with, Ray Charles, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Reba McEntire, Randy Travis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Kenny Chesney, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Trisha Yearwood, and Dixie Chicks.

2018
Montgomery Gentry released their final album together, Here’s to You, following the death in a helicopter crash of Troy Gentry on September 8th 2017.