February 24 – This Day in Country Music


Born on this day in Kaplan in Acadiana, was Sammy Kershaw, country music artist who has scored over twenty-five US Country hits including the 1993 #1 hit “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful”.

Johnny Cash recorded his second live album behind prison walls at San Quentin State Prison. The resulting album At San Quentin, contained his hit “A Boy Named Sue.” During the concert, the song “San Quentin”, about an inmate’s loathing for the prison, received such an enthusiastic response that Cash immediately played an encore. The concert was also taped for television broadcast.

Capitol records released “Galveston” by Glen Campbell. Written by Jimmy Webb the song was a #4 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the country music chart for Campbell. In 2003, the song ranked #8 in CMT’s 100 Greatest Songs in Country Music.

John Denver appeared in The Colorado Cattle Caper episode of the police drama McCloud television show, with Dennis Weaver as Marshal Sam McCloud.

Reba McEntire won Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “Whoever’s in New England” at the 29th Annual Grammy Awards. Best Country Song went to Jamie O’Hara (songwriter) for “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days)” performed by The Judds.

Webb Pierce died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was one of the most popular American honky tonk vocalists of the 1950s, charting more #1 hits than any other country artist during the decade. His best know hit “In The Jailhouse Now,” stayed on the charts for 37 weeks in 1955.

Brooks & Dunn released their third single “Neon Moon.” Taken from the album Brand New Man the song became their third consecutive #1 single on the country charts.

Mary Chapin Carpenter won Best Female Country Vocal Performance, for “I Feel Lucky” at the 35th Annual Grammy Awards. Vince Gill won Best Country Male Vocal Performance, for “I Still Believe in You.”