March 2 – This Day in Country Music

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1959
Born on this day, was Larry Stewart, country music singer, best known for his role as lead singer of the country pop band Restless Heart. In 1993, Stewart left the band for a solo career, recording four solo albums and charting eight singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts before reuniting with Restless Heart in 2002. His highest-charting solo single was “Alright Already”, which peaked at #5 in 1993.

1974
Country music winners at the 16th Annual Grammy Awards included; Best Country Vocal Performance, Female – Olivia Newton-John for “Let Me Be There”, Best Country Vocal Performance, Male – Charlie Rich for “Behind Closed Doors”, and Best Country Song – Kenny O’Dell (songwriter) for “Behind Closed Doors” performed by Charlie Rich.

1987
Warner Bros. released the Trio album, by Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris. The album sold over 4 million copies and also received several Grammy nominations and other awards. The three singers released the follow up album, Trio II in 1999.

1997
Shania Twain released her third studio album Come On Over which became the best-selling country music album, by a female act. To date, the album has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, shipped over 20 million copies in the United States, and in the UK it has sold over 3.3 million. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and stayed there for 50 non-consecutive weeks, staying in the Top Ten for 151 weeks.