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Country Calendar-Feb.6

The Music and Memories of February 6

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Kevin’s Country Calendar

The Headlines:

1980-  George Jones finishes “He Stopped Loving Her Today” at the Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville.   It is reported that it took several months for George to get his parts correct because he is constantly drunk.  After it’s recorded he bets producer Billy Sherrill that the record won’t go to #1 because it’s too sad of a song.  The song hits number one and wins a CMA and Grammy Award, as well as being voted in several polls as the number one Country Song of all time.

1971- Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn appear together as a duet for the first time on the charts with “After The Fire Is Gone.”  From 1972-1975 the CMA names them the CMA Vocal Duo of the Year.

The #1 Hits:

1993- Too Busy Being In Love- Doug Stone

1982- Lonely Nights- Mickey Gilley

Deaths:

Merle Kilgore, 2005.   Merle co-writes “Ring Of Fire” with June Carter and “Wolverton Mountain” for Claude King.  Merle then manages the career of Hank Williams, Jr..

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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