Welcome to Wednesday the 25th day of July. Let’s all help celebrate
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Tracy Chapman Fun Fact
It Happened On This Day In Country Music History
1971 Sonny James was at #1 on the Country singles chart with “Bright Lights, Big City”, It was James’ fifteenth #1 hit in a row in the country chart.
1980 The Urban Cowboy soundtrack was certified platinum. The double album featured Anne Murray, Kenny Rogers, The Eagles, Johnny Lee, Mickey Gilley, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt & J.D. Souther, Jimmy Buffett and The Charlie Daniels Band and others. The film is said to have started the 1980s boom in pop-country music known as the “Urban Cowboy Movement” also known as Neo-Country or Hill Boogie. (watch movie trailer here)
1988 “Set ‘Em Up Joe” by country music artist Vern Gosdin was at #1 on the Country chart. The song was a tribute song to Ernest Tubb and was Vern Gosdin’s second #1 on the country chart.
1995 Charlie Rich, singer and musician, died in his sleep aged 62. Rich who acquired the nickname The Silver Fox is best remembered for his 1973 hits, “Behind Closed Doors” and “The Most Beautiful Girl”. Rich’s destructive personal behavior famously culminated at the CMA awards ceremony for 1975, when he presented the award for Entertainer of the Year, while visibly intoxicated. Instead of reading the name of the winner, who happened to be John Denver, he set fire to the envelope with a cigarette lighter. (watch incident here)
2012 “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” by the Eli Young Band was at #1 on the Country singles chart.
2013 “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line was at #1 on the Country chart. “Cruise” became the best-selling country digital song of all time in the United States as of January 2014. On August 24, 2013, it logged its 24th week at #1, the longest run at #1 in the chart’s 69-year history.
Country Music Fun Fact
When Willie Nelson was faced with a $32 million bill for delinquent taxes, Nelson and the IRS struck a deal: He’d release a compilation of demos, outtakes and stripped-down tunes – appropriately titled The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories? – to help pay down his tab. Sales of the IRS Tapes would generate a reported $3.6 million.