February 20 – This Day in Country Music

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1954
“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).

1993
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”.

1996
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.

2005
LeAnn Rimes performed “Nothin’ ‘Bout Love Makes Sense” and Big & Rich performed “Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)” at halftime during the NBA all-star basketball game at Denver’s Colorado Convention Center.

2019
Country Music Hall of Fame member Fred Foster died age 87. He is credited as producer behind all of Roy Orbison’s biggest hits including “Oh, Pretty Woman”, “Only the Lonely” and “Crying” and also produced major hits for Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Ray Stevens and Kris Kristofferson.