Welcome to the Weekend Friday 16th day of March
It’s National Panda Day, National Everything You Do Is Right Day, National Freedom Of Information Day, and National Artichoke Heart Day. (more information available at national day)
It Happened on This Weekend In Country Music History
1951 Born on this day, was Ray Benson the front man of the Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel who have released more than 20 albums and earned 9 Grammy awards. Asleep At The Wheel can be seen August 9th 2018 at the Deer Valley Music Festival.
1969 Glen Campbell was at #1 on the US country album chart with his 12th album Wichita Lineman, which went on to spend a total of 46 weeks on the chart.
1980 Waylon Jennings was at #1 on the Country singles chart with “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys”
1990 Randy Travis was at #1 on the Country singles chart with “Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart”released as the second single from the album No Holdin’ Back. The song spent four weeks at #1 on the charts.
1991 The country music world was stunned when seven members of Reba McEntire’s band, her road manager and two pilots, were killed when their private plane crashed in a mountain area near the Mexican border. The crash, occurred shortly after the Hawker Sidley aircraft had taken off from Brown Field, a private airport about 15 miles southeast of San Diego. The 35-year-old Miss McEntire, was left with only two members of the band. Those two, as well as several members of her road crew, were on another flight that had taken off before the one that crashed. McEntire recorded her album, For My Broken Heart in their memory.
Country Music Fun Fact
Alabama’s biggest success came in the 1980s, where the band had over 27 #1 hits, seven multi-platinum albums and received numerous awards and have sold over 75 million albums, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time. (more information at country music trivia)