January 26 – This Day in Country Music

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1942
Born on this day in Los Angeles, California was Dave Rowland from the country music trio Dave & Sugar. They charted 16 times on the Billboard country charts, including three #1 hits: “The Door Is Always Open”, “Tear Time” and “Golden Tears”.

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.

2001
Reba McEntire took over as Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre, New York City.

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.