May 14 – This Day in Country Music


Merle Haggard was at #1 on the country charts with “Hungry Eyes” one of the most famous of his career. “Hungry Eyes” is a tribute to Oklahomans and others who lived in labor camps during the Great Depression, the time period in which this song is set.

Willie Nelson was at #1 on the US Country charts with, “Always on My Mind”, a song originally recorded by Brenda Lee in 1972. Over 300 artists have recored the song, including Elvis Presely who scored a hit with his version in 1972. Nelson won a Grammy Award for his version of the song.

Winners at the 19th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Mac Davis, Crystal Gayle and Charlie Pride included: Top Female Vocalist of the Year – Janie Fricke, Top Male Vocalist of the Year – Lee Greenwood, Top Vocal Group – Exile, Top New Female Vocalist of the Year – Gus Hardin, Top New Male Vocalist of the Year – Jim Glaser, Top Vocal Duet of the Year – Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton and Album of the Year went to Alabama for Alabama.

Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris were at #1 on the country album chart with Trio, which went on to sell over sold over 4 million copies and received several Grammy nominations.

Country singer Blake Shelton married Maranda Lambert at Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, Texas. 550 people were in attendance, including many celebrities, such as Reba McEntire, Cee Lo Green, Martina McBride, Kelly Clarkson, Dierks Bentley, Charles Kelley, and the Bellamy Brothers.

George Strait released his twenty-eighth studio album Love Is Everything which became his twenty-first US Country #1 album. The album release was accompanied by a Spring 2014 concert tour, The Cowboy Rides Away Tour.