January 25 – This Day in Country Music

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1941
Born on this day, near New Albany, Mississippi, was Bobby Wood, session musician and songwriter most famous for his work as the Memphis Boys keyboardist. He wrote Crystal Gayle’s “Half The Way” and Ronnie Milsap’s “He Got You,” and plays on Elvis Presley’s “In the Ghetto”, “Suspicious Minds” and “Always On My Mind.”

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.

1980
At the age of 84, comedian George Burns became the oldest performer (to that time) to have a single in the top 40 of Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart with “I Wish I Was 18 Again.” The song peaked at #15 on the chart.

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