January 26 – This Day in Country Music

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1979
The American television series The Dukes Of Hazzard aired on CBS, starring John Schneider, as Bo Duke; Tom Wopat, as Luke Duke; and Waylon Jennings, as The Balladeer, the show was set in fictional Hazzard County, Georgia with their attractive cousin Daisy. The series which was inspired by the 1975 film Moonrunners, featured Jennings singing the theme song.

1995
Rolling Stone magazine named Johnny Cash – Best Country Artist and Comeback of the Year for American Recordings in their Critics’ Picks issue.

1997
Mary Chapin Carpenter performed “Down At The Twist And Shout” with the Cajun group BeauSoleil during the pre-game show for Super Bowl XXXI at the Superdome in New Orleans.

2010
Lady Antebellum released their second studio album Need You Now. The album later won the Grammy Award for Best Country Album and was nominated for Album of the Year, whereas the single “Need You Now” won four awards, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year.

2011
American country music singer and songwriter Charles Elzer Loudermilk died aged 83. Known professionally as Charlie Louvin, He is best known as one of the Louvin Brothers, and was a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1955.The Louvin Brothers released numerous singles, such as “When I Stop Dreaming”, with over 20 recordings reaching the country music charts. Their rich harmonies served as an influence to later artists such as Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons and The Byrds.

2016
Thomas Rhett’s “Die a Happy Man” spent a sixth week at #1 on the Country Airplay chart, making him the first artist to spend six or more weeks atop that chart since Taylor Swift did so with “Our Song” in late 2007.