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Country Calendar-Jan.18

The Music and Memories of January 18

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Kevin’s Country Calendar

The Headlines:

2009-  Garth Brooks sings “We Shall Be Free” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during an inaugural event for Barack Obama. Also appearing: James Taylor, Jennifer Nettles, Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Sheryl Crow.  Garth originally releases the song and video in 1992.

2001- The following stars sing at inaugural celebrations for George W. Bush in Washington, D.C.: Lorrie Morgan, Sammy Kershaw, Lee Ann Womack and Brooks & Dunn, who sing “Only In America”

1989- Lee Greenwood sings “God Bless The U.S.A.” at the opening inaugural ceremonies for president George Bush.  Lee’s song originally peaks at #7 on the Billboard charts in 1984, the same year he is named the CMA Male Vocalist of the Year.

The #1 Hits:

1986- Bop- Dan Seals

1975- Kentucky Gambler- Merle Haggard

1947- Rainbow At Midnight- Ernest Tubb


Mark Collie, 1956.  Mark hits the top 10 in 1992 with the song “Even The Man In The Moon Is Crying.”  He also becomes a spokesman for diabetes.

Bobby Goldsboro, 1941.  The easy-listening favorite crosses over to Country Music with the #1 Billboard hit, “Honey.”  The song sells one million copies in 1968 and Bobby gives us another top 10 with “Watching Scotty Grow” in 1971.

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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