January 11 – This Day in Country Music

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1964
Ring Of Fire The Best of Johnny Cash became the first #1 album when Billboard debuted their Country Album Chart. It was his sixteenth album in total and the first compilations album by Cash.

1967
Johnny Cash and June Carter recorded their duet “Jackson”, which went on to win the couple a Grammy Award in 1968 for Best Country & Western Performance Duet. Written in 1963 by Billy Edd Wheeler and Jerry Leiber, Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood also scored a hit with the song.

1968
Glen Campbell recorded “I Wanna Live” at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, California. When released in March of this year the song became his first of five #1’s on the Country singles chart.

1983
Reba McEntire was at #1 on the US Country charts with, “Can’t Even Get the Blues”, McEntrire’s fourteenth country hit and her first #1 country hit.

2009
Taylor Swift was at #1 on the US Country chart with her second studio album Fearless. The album topped the Billboard 200 chart for eleven non-consecutive weeks, thus setting various records, including the longest chart-topper by a female country artist. On Billboard’s Country albums chart the album logged a record 36 weeks at #1, with 3.2 million copies sold in 2009.

2015
Dolly Parton’s performance at Glastonbury festival in the UK earned the title of Best Pop Music Moment Of 2014. Parton appeared on Sunday evening (where an estimated 180,000 came to watch her perform), at the legendary festival back in June of 2014 and a poll by music streaming service blinkbox voted her the top musical highlight of the year.