March 21 – This Day in Country Music

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1977
Glen Campbell was at #1 on the US Country chart with “Southern Nights”, a song written by Allen Toussaint and the first single released from Campbell’s 1977 album, Southern Nights. The lyrics were inspired by childhood memories of Allen Toussaint, who had of visiting relatives in the Louisiana backwoods which often entailed storytelling under star-filled nighttime skies.

1981
“Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground” gave Willie Nelson his seventh #1 on the country chart. The song is commonly believed to have been written about a friend of Nelson’s who was a Hells Angel, who died in a motorcycle crash.

1993
Billy Ray Cyrus was at #1 on the US Country album charts with his debut album Some Gave All. It produced four hit singles on the Billboard country charts, the first of these was Cyrus’s breakthrough song “Achy Breaky Heart.” The album is the longest time spent by a debut artist at #1 with 17 consecutive weeks on the chart.

2005
Rascal Flatts released “Fast Cars and Freedom” which became their fourth #1 single on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

2007
Dixie Chicks were at #1 on the US country chart with their seventh studio album Taking the Long Way. With over 2 million copies sold in the US, it won 5 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.