February 23 – This Day in Country Music

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1972
Born on this day in Dallas, Texas, Steve Holy, who has scored fifteen singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including the #1 hits “Good Morning Beautiful” (which was featured in the movie Angel Eyes) and “Brand New Girlfriend”.

1978
Country music winners at the 20th Annual Grammy Awards, hosted by John Denver included; Crystal Gayle who won Best Country Vocal Performance for “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue”, Best Country Vocal Performance, Male – Kenny Rogers for “Lucille”, Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group – The Kendalls for “Heaven’s Just a Sin Away”, Best Country Instrumental Performance – Asleep At The Wheel for “One O’Clock Jump”, Best Country Song – Richard Leigh (songwriter) for “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” performed by Crystal Gayle.

1983
Willie Nelson won Best Country Vocal Performance for “Always on My Mind” at the 25th Annual Grammy Awards. Best Female Country Vocal Performance went to Juice Newton for “Break It to Me Gently.”

2000
Shania Twain and The Dixie Chicks both won awards during the 42nd annual Grammy Awards at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. The Dixie Chicks won Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group for “Ready To Run.”

2010
Jimmy Dean was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The American singer, television host, actor and businessman became a national television personality starting in 1957, rising to fame for his 1961 country crossover hit “Big Bad John” and his television series, The Jimmy Dean Show. He is also famous as the creator of the Jimmy Dean sausage brand. Billy Sherrill, Don Williams, and Ferlin Husky were all also inducted.

2010
American VI: Ain’t No Grave the posthumous album by Johnny Cash was released three days prior to what would have been Cash’s 78th birthday. The album’s music was recorded during the same sessions as American V: A Hundred Highways (2006). The album debuted at #3 on the US Billboard 200 chart.

2012
Carrie Underwood released “Good Girl”, as the lead single from her forth studio album, Blown Away. It sold 108,000 digital downloads in its first three days of sales, making it Underwood’s fastest selling single ever. “Good Girl” hit #1 on Hot Country Songs, becoming Underwood’s twelfth #1 hit on the chart.

2015
Bobby Emmons, the Nashville songwriter who also played an integral role in the Memphis studio scene for decades, died in a Nashville hospital following an undisclosed illness. As a songwriter he scored 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”).