October 16 – This Day in Country Music

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1950
Hank Snow was at #1 on the Country music singles charts with “I’m Moving On”. The song, stayed at the top of the charts for 21 weeks and was the first of seven #1 Billboard country hits Snow scored throughout his career.

1961
Decca records released “Crazy” by Patsy Cline. The ballad, composed by Willie Nelson gave Cline a #2 country hit in 1962. Nelson originally wrote the song for country singer Billy Walker, but Walker turned it down. The song’s eventual success helped launch Nelson as a performer as well as a songwriter. It spent 21 weeks on the chart for Cline, and eventually became one of her signature tunes.

1976
Tammy Wynette was at #1 on the Country music charts with “You and Me” the singers sixteenth and final #1 country hit as a solo artist. The single stayed at #1 for two weeks and spent a total of twelve weeks on the country chart.

1981
Eddie Rabbitt was at #1 on the US country album chart with Step by Step, his seventh studio album. The album continued the crossover success established in the singer’s two previous albums. Three singles were produced including the title track, which went to #1 on country charts and reached the top 5 on both the Adult Contemporary and Billboard 100 charts.

2016
Randy Travis attended his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame where he performed a rendition of “Amazing Grace.” Travis had recovered his voice after about three years of rehabilitation and therapy.