The Music and Memories of January 23

Kevin’s Country Calendar

The Headlines:

2004- Lyric Street, a Disney based record company in Nashville, announces the signing of former "American Idol" contestant Josh Gracin.  Josh becomes the first American Idol singer to have a #1 country hit with the song "Nothin' To Lose."

The #1 Hits:

1999- Wrong Again- Martina McBride

1993- Look Heart, No Hands- Randy Travis

1988- Where Do The Nights Go- Ronnie Milsap

1982- Red Neckin' Love Makin' Night- Conway Twitty

1965- You're The Only World I Know- Sonny James

Birthdays:

Josh Thompson, 1978.  Josh hits the charts with "Beer On The Table," "Way Out Here," and "Won't Be Lonely Long" to become a rising star in 2010.

Johnny Russell, 1940.  Johnny begins his career writing the smash hit "Act Naturally" for Buck Owens.  Through the years he racks up hits like "Rednecks, White Sox and Blue Ribbon Beer" and "Catfish John."  Johnny then becomes one of the Grand Ole Opry's favorite personalities delighting audiences with funny stories and Country Music.  Johnny also co-writes the George Strait song "Let's Fall To Pieces Together."  Johnny dies in 2001 at the age of 61 from diabetes.

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