May 20 – This Day in Country Music


Charley Pride was at #1 on the Country album charts with The Country Way. Pride went on to score thirty-nine #1 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. His greatest success came in the early-to mid-1970s, when he became the best-selling performer for RCA Records since Elvis Presley.

Freddy Fender was at #1 on the Country music album chart with his first album Before The Next Teardrop Falls. The album includes the #1 hits “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” and “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights.”

The Oak Ridge Boys were at #1 on the US country album chart with Deliver, their tenth studio release. The album included two hit singles: “Ozark Mountain Jubilee” and “I Guess It Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes”, the latter of which reached #1 on Hot Country Songs.

Clint Black was at #1 on the country chart with his debut album Killin’ Time. The album with the success of its first four singles, (“A Better Man”, “Walking Away”, “Nobody’s Home”, and “Killin’ Time”), was a huge hit upon release, and established Black as one of the biggest new stars in country music.

Faith Hill’s “The Way You Love Me” started a four-week run at #1 on the Billboard country chart. It was her second #1 country single from her album Breathe and her 8th #1 country single overall.

Sara Evans was at #1 on the Country chart with “A Little Bit Stronger” the lead-off single from her album Stronger. The song was also included on the soundtrack for the 2010 movie Country Strong and released as the second single from the film’s soundtrack album.