May 17 – This Day in Country Music

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1967
Working at the Capitol Recording Studio in Hollywood, Glen Campbell recorded “Gentle On My Mind,” a song written by John Hartford and arranged by Leon Russell. The song went on to win won four Grammy Awards the following year and became the theme to the television variety show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour between 1969 and 1972.

1975
B.J. Thomas was at #1 on the US Country chart with, “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song”. The song which became Thomas’ second #1 single is also the longest-titled #1 song (not including the Stars On 45 Medley) to date.

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1981
Willie Nelson was at #1 on the Country album chart with Somewhere Over the Rainbow which featured 1940’s pop standards arranged by Nelson. The album’s acoustic jazz instrumentation was also meant to play tribute to one of his heroes, Belgian gypsy jazz guitar virtuoso Django Reinhardt, who influenced Nelson’s playing.

1997
Kenny Chesney released “She’s Got It All”, which became Chesney’s first #1 hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. The track was taken from his album I Will Stand.

2000
Kenny Rogers was at #1 on the Country chart with “Buy Me a Rose” released as the third single from his album She Rides Wild Horses. Upon reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot Country charts, the song made Rogers (who was 61 years old at the time) the oldest country singer to have a #1 hit.

2005
Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying,” won Single Record and Song of the Year during the 40th annual Academy of Country Music awards. Written by Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman, it was also named as the #1 country song of 2004 by Billboard. Video of The Year went to Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss for “Whiskey Lullaby” and Gretchen Wilson won Top New Artist and Top Female Vocalist. Entertainer of The Year went to Kenny Chesney.