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Country Calendar-Feb.5

The Music and Memories of February 5

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Kevin’s Country Calendar

 The Headlines:

1963- Patsy Cline records the Don Gibson penned song “Sweet Dreams” one month before her death.   Faron Young released the first version of the song in 1956 and it peaked at number two on the Billboard Country charts.

1938- Roy Acuff makes his first appearance on the weekend Grand Ole Opry singing the “Great Speckled Bird.”  The following Monday, sacks of mail begin arriving at WSM radio studios requesting that he perform again.  Roy becomes a favorite on the Opry until his death in 1992 at the age of 89, earning the title “The King Of Country Music!”

 The #1 Hits:

2005- Mud On The Tires- Brad Paisley

2000- Cowboy Take Me Away- Dixie Chicks

1994- I Swear- John Michael Montgomery

1983- Inside- Ronnie Milsap

1977- Near You- George Jones and Tammy Wynette

1972- One’s On The Way- Loretta Lynn

1944- Pistol Packin’ Mama- Al Dexter


Claude King, 1933.   Claude scores the #1 hit “Wolverton Mountain” in 1962.  Over the course of the next ten years, he releases songs for Columbia records and only hits the top 10 a few more times.

Sara Evans, 1971.  Sara releases an album on RCA in 1997, but does not find success until the next album featuring the single, “No Place That Far” in 1998.  Hitting the charts with “Suds In The Bucket” and “Born To Fly” she also appears on the TV show, “Dancing With The Stars.”

Kevin Richards’ Classic Country Hall of Fame Show is heard every Sunday, 6-9am eastern on Country 107.7/WGNA-FM.

Sources: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, The Country Music Foundation, Billboard Magazine, CMT, The Country Music Association, and The Academy of Country Music

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