May 16 – This Day in Country Music

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1971
Born on this day in Houston, Texas, was Rick Trevino, a Mexican American country music artist who scored the 1997 US #1 Country hit “Running Out of Reasons to Run.”

1980
Alabama released “Tennessee River” which became their first US Country #1 hit. “Tennessee River” began Alabama’s string of 21 consecutive #1 singles in as many releases, a string that spanned from 1980 through 1987.

1985
Alabama were at #1 on the country album chart with 40-Hour Week, their ninth studio album which included three songs that topped the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. Two of the #1 tracks: “There’s No Way” and the title track, became milestones in Alabama’s recording career when “There’s No Way” became Alabama’s 16th consecutive #1 single. The feat allowed Alabama to tie Sonny James’ 14-year-old record for most #1 songs in as many consecutive single releases. Then, in August of this year, “40 Hour Week (For a Livin’)” topped the chart, becoming Alabama’s 17th-straight chart topper, allowing them to surpass James’ record.

1999
Tim McGraw was at #1 on the Country chart with his version of “Please Remember Me” a song co-written by Rodney Crowell and Will Jennings. Originally recorded by Crowell on his 1995 album Jewel of the South, his version was released as a single that year.

2006
Kenny Chesney performed “There Goes My Life” and “Back Where I Come From” for president George W. Bush at the official dinner for Australian Prime Minister John Howard and Mrs. Janette Howard in the East Wing of the White House.