June 9 – This Day in Country Music

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1977
Waylon Jennings was at #1 on the US country album charts with Ol’ Waylon. The album features one of his signature songs, a track featuring Willie Nelson called “Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)”, as well as the Neil Diamond song “Sweet Caroline”, a version of Kenny Rogers’ “Lucille” and a medley of the two Arthur Crudup songs previous recorded by Elvis Presley.

1979
Kenny Rogers was at #1 on the Billboard country chart with “She Believes In Me”. The song became one of his biggest crossover hits in the late spring of 1979, reaching #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart.

1990
George Strait started a five-week run at #1 on the Billboard country chart with “Love Without End, Amen”, the lead-off single from his #1 album, Livin’ It Up.

2007
Carrie Underwood was at #1 on the US country chart with her debut album Some Hearts. It is the best selling debut album by a solo female country music artist in history and album contains the #1 singles “Jesus, Take the Wheel”, “Don’t Forget to Remember Me”, “Wasted”, and “Before He Cheats”.

2009
George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today” was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, along with The Kingston Trio’s “Tom Dooley” and The Stanley Brothers’ “Rank Stranger”.

2017
Adios the 64th and final studio album by American singer-songwriter Glen Campbell was released. After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, Campbell embarked on a 2011–2012 Farewell Tour. After finishing the tour, he entered the studio in Nashville to record a final album. Longtime collaborator Carl Jackson stated that he had to stand with Campbell in the recording booth to record the vocals “line by line” as Campbell could not remember the lyrics.