February 20 – This Day in Country Music


“Slowly” by Webb Pierce became the first #1 song on Billboard’s country charts to feature the pedal steel guitar. (His biggest hit was “In the Jailhouse Now,” which charted for 37 weeks in 1955).

Country music winners at the 33rd Annual Grammy Awards included; Kathy Mattea for “Where’ve You Been” who won Best Country Song and Best Country Vocal Performance, Best Male Country Vocal Performance, went to Vince Gill for “When I Call Your Name”, Best Country Performance by a Group was The Kentucky Headhunters for Pickin’ on Nashville and Best Country Vocal Collaboration went to Chet Atkins & Mark Knopfler for “Poor Boy Blues.”

Billy Ray Cyrus was at #1 on the US Country music album chart with his debut album, Some Gave All which included his breakthrough hit “Achy Breaky Heart”.

Alan Jackson made a guest appearance on Home Improvement, singing “Mercury Blues” on the fictitious handyman show Tool Time. Part of the show’s attraction was its token “Tool Time girl”, whose primary roles were to look good, be curvaceous, roll out various props and help introduce the two hosts.