March 8 – This Day in Country Music


“Only the Lonely” a song written by written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson gave country singer Sonny James a #1 hit on the Billboard country music charts.

Olivia Newton-John was at #1 on the US Country chart with Have You Never Been Mellow. The title track was also a US #1 single. Newton-John received a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for her work on the song “Have You Never Been Mellow.”

The country music-themed quiz show Fandango aired for the first time on TNN. Hosted by singer Bill Anderson, it became one of the longest running game shows on a cable network, ending in 1989.

Garth Brooks was at #1 on the Country singles chart with “What She’s Doing Now”, the third single from his album, Ropin’ the Wind.

Hank Locklin died. A member of the Grand Ole Opry for nearly 50 years, Locklin had a long recording career and scored the hits, “Please Help Me, I’m Falling”, “Send Me the Pillow That You Dream On” and “Geisha Girl”.

Miranda Lambert released “The House That Built Me”, the third single from her third studio album, Revolution. Blake Shelton was originally set to record the song but when Lambert heard it, she immediately wanted to record it for herself. The song became her first #1 hit on the US Hot Country Songs chart.

The Outsiders the fourth studio album by Eric Church was at #1 on the Country chart. After the release of the album, Church urged fans not to shuffle the song list on their playlists, saying “Anybody puts it on shuffle, I”ll come kill them myself. It’s made to be listened to start to finish.