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.

Johnny Cash appeared on the UK TV David Frost Show, where he talked about his career as well as performing “Man In Black” and “If I Were A Carpenter.’

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.

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.