March 11 – This Day in Country Music

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1970
Country music winners at the 12th annual Grammy awards included; Best Country Vocal Performance “A Boy Named Sue” Johnny Cash, and Best Country Vocal Performance, Female went to Tammy Wynette for “Stand By Your Man.”

1980
Willie Nelson was at #1 on the Country music charts with “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” which was featured on the soundtrack to the 1979 film The Electric Horseman. The song gave Nelson his fifth #1 on the country chart.

1990
Ricky Van Shelton was at #1 on the US Country music album chart with RVS III. Hit singles released from the album were “Statue of a Fool” (#2), “I’ve Cried My Last Tear for You”(#1), “I Meant Every Word He Said” (#2), and “Life’s Little Ups and Downs” (#4).

2015
Emmylou Harris was named as one of the two 2015 Laureates to receive Sweden’s prestigious Polar Music Prize. The Polar Music Prize, often referred to as the “Nobel Prize for music,” each year recognizes one Laureate from contemporary music and one from the classical world.