July 10 – This Day in Country Music

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1961
“Heartbreak U.S.A.” by Kitty Wells was at #1 on the US Country singles chart. The track became Kitty Wells third and final #1 staying at the top spot for four weeks and spending twenty-three weeks on the chart.

1970
Born on this day in Columbus, Ohio, was Gary LeVox, guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter with the American country trio Rascal Flatts who have scored 11 US Country #1’s.

1970
Johnny Cash recorded his third live album at the Grand Ole Opry as a tie-in with Cash’s then-current TV series of the same title The Johnny Cash Show. It spawned the highly successful single “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down”, which helped kickstart the career of singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson. The song and album both reached #1 on the Country charts.

1991
Alan Jackson was at #1 on the US Country charts with, “Don’t Rock the Jukebox”, the lead single from the album of the same name. His second consecutive #1 single on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles also received an ASCAP award for Country Song of the Year in 1992. That same year, the song was covered by Alvin and the Chipmunks, featuring commentary by Alan Jackson himself, for their 1992 album Chipmunks in Low Places.

2002
Dolly Parton kicked off her first major concert tour in 10 years at the Irving Plaza in New York City. The Halos & Horns Tour was to promote the release of her latest album Halos & Horns.

2010
Carrie Underwood and Ottawa Senators player Mike Fisher married in a private ceremony in Georgia.