January 22 – This Day in County Music

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1969
Glen Campbell was awared the first gold single of his career, for “Wichita Lineman.”

1974
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”.

1976
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

1982
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.

2001
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.

2002
The soundtrack album O Brother, Where Art Thou? was at #1 on the US Country music album chart. The soundtrack of music from the 2000 American film of the same name, written, directed and produced by the Coen Brothers and starring George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, and John Goodman won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 2002.