January 25 – This Day in Country Music

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1958
Marty Robbins was at #1 on the US Country charts with “The Story of My Life” which was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

1975
Dolly Parton released “The Bargain Store” which became her fifth #1 on the country chart as a solo artist. Worn, second-hand merchandise in a discount store is used as a metaphor for a woman emotionally damaged by an ill-fated relationship. The song was dropped from a number of country stations’ playlists when programmers mistook the line “you can easily afford the price” as a thinly veiled reference to prostitution.

1999
Double Live the tenth album by Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US Country chart. As its name implies, it is a two-disc live album recorded during Brooks’ second world tour in 1998. It became the best-selling live album in the US since Eric Clapton’s Unplugged in 1992.

2010
Reba McEntire was at #1 on the Country singles chart with “Consider Me Gone” a song written by Steve Diamond and Marv Green and the second single from her thirty-third studio album Keep On Loving You. The song became McEntire’s thirty-fourth #1 single and is also her longest-lasting chart topper at four weeks.