March 24 – This Day in Country Music

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1966
Buck Owens was at #1 on the Country charts with “Waitin’ in Your Welfare Line.” Owens’ tenth #1 spent seven weeks at the top and a total of eighteen weeks on the country chart.

1974
Charlie Rich was at #1 on the US country album chart with Behind Closed Doors. The album received three Country Music Association awards: Best Male Vocalist, Album of the Year, and Single of the Year, for the title song which gave the singer his first #1 hit.

1985
Ray Charles and Willie Nelson were at #1 on the US country chart with “Seven Spanish Angels”. Written by Troy Seals and Eddie Setser, “Seven Spanish Angels” would be the most successful of Ray Charles’ eight hits on the country chart.

1996
Brooks & Dunn released a cover version of “My Maria” (originally a 1973 hit for B. W. Stevenson) which gave the duo their tenth country #1 hit. The #1 country song of 1996 according to Billboard, and the track won the duo its second Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Vocal Group or Duo.

2000
Toby Keith was at #1 on the US Country chart with “How Do You Like Me Now?!” Taken from his album How Do You Like Me Now?! The song spent five weeks at #1 on the chart and became his first major crossover hit.

2000
Dixie Chicks fifth studio album Fly was at #1 on the country chart. The album earned 4 Grammy nominations in 2000, and the group won 2: Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “Ready to Run” and Best Country Album. It was also nominated for Album of the Year and the writers of “Ready to Run”, Marcus Hummon and Martie Seidel were nominated for Best Country Song.