January 31 – This Day in Country Music

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1973
Merle Haggard was at #1 on the Billboard Country album chart with It’s Not Love (But It’s Not Bad). The title track was the lead off single which also reached #1 and gave Haggard his thirteenth #1 on the country chart.

1977
Winners at this years American Music Awards included: Loretta Lynn, Glen Campbell, Conway Twitty, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Olivia Newton-John and The Eagles. Johnny Cash became the first country artist to win the Award of Merit.

1989
Alabama released their twelfth studio album Southern Star. The album produced four singles, “Song of the South”, “High Cotton”, the title track and “If I Had You”, all of which reached #1 on the Hot Country Singles charts between 1989 and 1990.

2006
The Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line received five Oscar nominations, with Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon up for best actor and actress.

2014
Dolly Parton released het forty-fourth solo studio album Blue Smoke. The album logged her best debut rank on Top Country Albums in 23 years, entering at #2. The album also includes a new recording of “From Here to the Moon and Back” with Willie Nelson, which was also on Nelson’s 2013 album, To All the Girls…

2019
Harold Bradley the American country and pop guitarist died age 93. As a session musician into the 1970s, he performed on hundreds of albums by country stars such as Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley and Slim Whitman. Bradley was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006. A Country Music Hall of Fame member, he is believed to be the most recorded instrumentalist in history.