January 22 – This Day in Country Music


Glen Campbell was awared the first gold single of his career, for “Wichita Lineman.”

George Jones recorded “The Grand Tour” which became Jones’ sixth #1 song. The song is widely hailed as one of the finest performances in country music history and in 2014, Rolling Stone named the song #38 on its “40 Saddest Country Songs of All Time”.

Reba McEntire made her first recordings for Mercury Records. Upon its release that year, her single “I Don’t Want to Be a One Night Stand” failed to become a major hit on the Billboard country music chart, peaking at #88

Alabama released “Mountain Music” as the lead-off single and title track to Alabama’s album of the same name. The track was the sixth in a string of 21 consecutive #1 singles in as many releases, a string that spanned from 1980 through 1987.

Tammy Wynette was the special guest on this week’s syndicated US music television series The Glen Campbell Music Show, who performed “Stand by Your Man”, “I Knew Jesus (Before He Was a Star)” and “My Elusive Dreams.”

Winners at this years American Music Awards include; Randy Travis who won a trio of trophies, including favorite country single, “Deeper Than The Holler” as well as Reba McEntire, Alabama and Clint Black who also awards.

Tim McGraw was at #1 on the US Country chart with Greatest Hits. All of the songs, with the exception of “Let’s Make Love” (a duet with his wife, Faith Hill), were released on various albums by the singer. Up to 2008, the album had sold over six million copies in the US.