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The Top Six Things We’re Doing for Labor Day, and the Top Five Foods We’ll Eat
1. 67% of us will fire up the grill this weekend.
2. 36% will try to get at least one movie in.
3. 35% are looking forward to some quiet time.
4. 27% are doing something outdoors.
5. 26% are hitting a party.
6. 23% plan to do some shopping.
It Happened On This Day In Country Music History
1977 Crystal Gayle was at #1 on the US Country chart with “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue”. The song became Gayle’s first, (and biggest), crossover pop hit, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks, and won the singer a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. In 1999, the song was recognized by ASCAP as one of the ten most-performed songs of the 20th century.
1982 Willie Nelson was at #1 on the country album chart with Always on My Mind, which became the Billboard #1 country album of the year. The album spent 22 weeks at the top of the charts and stayed for a total of 253 weeks on the Billboard Top Country Albums charts.
1992 MCA released Trisha Yearwood’s second studio Hearts in Armor. Four of its tracks became hits in the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1992 and 1993: “Wrong Side of Memphis”, “Walkaway Joe”, “You Say You Will” and “Down on My Knees”. The album was released immediately following Yearwood’s divorce with her first husband, and is considered one of her greatest albums.
1993 Garth Brooks released his fifth studio album In Pieces, which like his previous album, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and the Top Country Albums chart. It was also a huge hit outside the United States and in Great Britain was Brooks’ highest placed album on the charts.
1999 Dixie Chicks released Fly, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 charts, selling over 10 million copies and making the Dixie Chicks the only country band and the only female band of any genre to hold the distinction of having two back-to-back RIAAcertified diamond albums.
2003 Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett were at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”. The song spent a total of eight weeks at the top of the chart and won the Country Music Association (CMA) Award for Vocal Event of the Year.
2008 Jerry Reed, country music singer, guitarist, songwriter, and actor died. His signature songs included “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot” “East Bound and Down” (the theme song for the 1977 blockbuster Smokey and the Bandit, in which Reed co-starred), and “She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)”.
Country Music Fun Fact
Eleven songs from Shania Twains Come On Over album charted on country radio, including three No. 1’s – “Love Gets Me Every Time,” “You’re Still the One” and “Honey I’m Home.”