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Country Calendar-Feb.9

The Music and Memories of February 9

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Kevin’s Country Calendar

The Headlines:

 1975- Willie Nelson records “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain” at Autumn Sound in Garland, Texas.  The song is featured on Willie’s groundbreaking album “Red Headed Stranger.”  The acoustic based project helps Willie land his first number one single as a recording artist.  Prior to recording this Roy Acuff classic, Willie recorded what he calls “over produced” and “polished” records in Nashville.   Although he had some mild success with these singles, it was this stripped down acoustic recording that brings Willie to the top of the charts and begins a long sting of radio hits.  Of course, Willie previously enjoyed success with songs he wrote for Patsy Cline, Billy Walker, Faron Young and others.

1987- Randy Travis’ album “Storms Of Life” goes platinum for selling one million copies.  This 1986 release features his first hits “On The Other Hand” and “1982.”

The #1 Hits:

1991- Brother Jukebox- Mark Chesnutt

1985- Ain’t She Something Else- Conway Twitty

1980- Leaving  Louisiana In The Broad Daylight- The Oak Ridge Boys

1974- World Of Make Believe- Bill Anderson


Ernest Tubb, 1914. One of Country Music’s first generation superstars, he records the classic “Walking The Floor Over You” in 1941, 3 years before the Billboard Country charts exist.  In addition to helping stars like Loretta Lynn, Jack Greene, and Cal Smith get started in Country Music, he opens the Ernest Tubb Record Shop in 1947.  The shop and the radio show “Ernest Tubb’s Midnight Jamboree,” recorded at the store in Nashville, continue to broadcast from the store today.  Ernest is elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1965.  Ernest dies in 1984 at the age of 70 with close to 100 charting Billboard songs to his credit.

Travis Tritt, 1963.  In 1989 he debuts on the charts alongside newcomers Alan Jackson, Clint Black and Garth Brooks as part of the “Class of 89.”  Travis begins his career with the hit “Country Club.”  In 1991 he wins the CMAs Horizon Award and scores big hits during that decade with “Anymore,” “Here’s A Quarter” and “T-R-O-U-B-L-E.”

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