September 4 – This Day in Country Music

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1972
The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A. the debut studio album by Donna Fargo was at #1 on the Country chart. The album was produced by Fargo’s husband and manager Stan Silver and the album’s title track became Fargo’s first major hit and a crossover Country pop hit.

1981
“(There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me” by Ronnie Milsap was at #1 on the Country charts, (the song’s official title appears nowhere in the lyrics). It became one of Milsap’s biggest country and pop hits during his recording career.

1991
Dottie West, country music singer and songwriter died in hospital on the operating table aged 58. West had been involved in a car crash a few days earlier when she was on her way to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. Along with Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, West is considered one of the genre’s most influential and groundbreaking female artists. Her career started in the early 1960s, with her Top 10 hit, “Here Comes My Baby Back Again,” which won her a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1965.

1999
Lonestar’s hit, “Amazed,” spent its eighth week at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, becoming the first song to do so since Jack Greene’s 1966 hit, “There Goes My Everything.” In several other charts, including Radio & Records, “Amazed” reigns for nine weeks, which made it the longest-lasting #1 single since 1966’s “Almost Persuaded” by David Houston.