Tracy Chapman’s This Day In Country Music History 5/29/18

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A Kid Was Spotted Walking to Graduation in His Cap and Gown, Radio Host Gives Him a Car


HIGHLIGHTS:  Photos of a high school senior walking to his graduation in his cap and gown went viral in Alabama this month.  His name is Corey Patrick, and he woke up at 4:30 every day this year to walk and catch a bus to school.  So a radio host named Rickey Smiley decided to reward him for his hard work by giving him a NEW CAR.

FULL STORY:  There’s a kid in Birmingham, Alabama named Corey Patrick who had to get up at 4:30 every morning this year just to get to school on time.His family doesn’t own a car.  So he had to walk to get a bus every day and deal with a pretty long commute.  But he didn’t let it stop him, and GRADUATED this month.  The reason we’re hearing about him has to do with his graduation ceremony.  Just like every day, he had to walk and take the bus to get there.  And some random person posted a couple photos of him walking down the side of the road in his cap and gown.

The photos went viral in the Birmingham area last week, and someone figured out who he was.  Then THIS happened . . .

A radio host named Rickey Smiley decided to reward Corey for all his hard work . . . by giving him a $25,000 SUV.  (We’re not sure, but it looks like a new Jeep Compass.)

Obviously he doesn’t have his license yet, but he will soon.  And people in his community are also pitching in to throw him a big graduation party next month.

It Happened On This Day In Country Music History

1975 Freddy Fender was at #1 on the US country chart with Before The Next Teardrop Falls. 

1991 Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US country chart with his third studio album, Ropin’ the Wind. The album repelaced his previous album No Fences at the #1 postion, where it enjoyed a combined 18 weeks at the top of the charts.

2009 Chris Young held the #1 position on the country singles chart with “The Man I Want to Be”. It was the third single from his second studio album, also titled The Man I Want to Be.

2009 Country singer John Rich was charged with assault and harassment in an ongoing dispute with a former Nashville Star contestant. Rich turned himself in to Nashville police to face the charges filed by Jared Ashley, a contestant during the fourth season of the TV show on the USA network. The 35-year-old was charged with two misdemeanor counts of assault and one misdemeanor count of harassment. He was released on $3,000 bond.

Country Music Fun Fact

Dwight Yoakham has starred in many films, most notably in critically acclaimed performances as an ill-tempered, abusive, live-in boyfriend in Sling Blade (1996), as a psychopathic killer in Panic Room (2002), as a police detective in Hollywood Homicide (2003) and as the sheriff in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005).  Dwight Yoakham will be at Country fan Fest (link up here for tickets)


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