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.

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.

2010
Taylor Swift became the youngest country music artist and also the youngest person to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year for her album Fearless. Swift also won three more awards that night for Best Country Album (Fearless), Best Female Country Vocal Performance (“White Horse”), and Best Country Song (“White Horse”).

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…