January 20 – This Day in Country Music


Born on this day in Danville, Kentucky, was John Michael Montgomery, country singer, songwriter who has produced more than thirty singles on the Billboard country charts, including two #1 country singles of the year: “I Swear” (1994) and “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)” (1995).

Dolly Parton was at #1 on the Country charts with “Baby I’m Burnin'” which was released as a double A-side single with “I Really Got the Feeling.” The song was aimed at the pop charts, while “I Really Got the Feeling” was aimed toward to country charts.

Alabama released “There’s No Way” which went to #1 on the Country charts. The track was the sixteenth in a string of 21 consecutive #1 singles in as many releases, a string that spanned from 1980 through 1987. The feat allowed Alabama to tie Sonny James’ 14-year-old record for most #1 songs in as many consecutive single releases.

Country music producer/songwriter Larry Butler died in his sleep in Pensacola, Florida. From the mid-1970s through the 1980s, he worked with Kenny Rogers, including Kenny Rogers (1976), The Gambler (1978), Gideon (1980) and I Prefer The Moonlight (1987). Butler is the only Nashville producer to win the Grammy Award for Producer of the year.

Tim McGraw released “Humble and Kind” which became his twenty-fifth Country #1 hit single. Written by Lori McKenna the song won the award for Best Country Song at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, “Video of the Year” at the 2016 CMT Music Awards, “Song of the Year” at 2016 CMA Awards and “Country Song of the Year” at the 2016 American Music Awards.