May 22 – This Day in Country Music

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1961
Born on this day in Dayton, Ohio was bassist Dana Williams from Diamond Rio, (originally known as the Grizzly River Boys). Their 1991 single “Meet in the Middle”, made them the first band ever to send a debut single to #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

1969
Glen Campbell was at #1 on the Billboard country album chart with Galveston. The singers thirteenth studio album spent 11 weeks at #1 and 26 weeks on the chart. The title track written by Jimmy Webb, describes a soldier waiting to go into battle who thinks of the woman he loves and his hometown of Galveston, Texas.

1970
Merle Haggard was at #1 on the Country music album chart with Okie from Muskogee. The album won the Academy of Country Music award for Album of the Year in 1969. Haggard also won Single of the Year for “Okie from Muskogee” as well as Top Male Vocalist.

1973
Dolly Parton recorded the song “Jolene” during sessions at RCA Studio B in Nashville. Released in October 15, 1973 the song became Parton’s second #1 hit on the Billboard US Country charts.

2000
Aaron Tippin released “Kiss This”, the first single from his album People Like Us. Co-written by Aaron’s wife, Thea, the single became Aaron’s third and final #1 on the Billboard country charts, five years after his last chart topper.

2004
Rascal Flatts’ Mayberry was at #1 on the Billboard country album charts, their fourth and final single from their 2002 album, Melt.

2011
Reba McEntire was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame at a Medallion Ceremony that took place at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee. She was inducted by one of her musical idols, Dolly Parton.

2015
The Zac Brown Band were at #1 on the country chart with their fourth major-label studio album Jekyll + Hyde, making it their third #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart.