The Music and Memories of January 26
Kevin’s Country Calendar
2001- Reba McEntire takes over as Annie Oakley in “Annie Get Your Gun” at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre. The show receives amazing reviews and Reba wins several critics awards for reviving the role. Many say that Reba would have won a Tony Award, but the revival of the show was not eligible.
1992- The “First Lady of Country” gets mad at the future “First Lady of America.” Tammy Wynette is back in the news defending her song “Stand By Your Man.” Here’s what happened, while defending her support of husband/presidential candidate Bill Clinton on “60 Minutes,” Hillary Clinton spits out this comment after accusations that she’s married to a man who was not faithful to her: “I’m not sitting here some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette.” It is reported that Tammy demanded and received an apology.
1979- “The Dukes Of Hazzard” debuts on CBS, starring John Schneider, as Bo Duke; Tom Wopat, as Luke Duke; and Waylon Jennings, as The Balladeer. Waylon sings the theme song, while several of his peers are forced to sing at the Boar’s Nest to get out of a traffic ticket. Eventually, John scores four #1 Country Hits while Tom breaks the top 20 with a few singles and hosts a show for TNN called “Prime Time Country.”
The #1 Hits:
1991- Forever’s As Far As I’ll Go- Alabama
1985- There’s A Fire In The Night- Alabama
1980- I’ll Be Coming Back For More- T.G. Sheppard
Dave Rowland, 1942. Dave is the center of the trio, Dave and Sugar, that started by backing up Charley Pride. Although his female acts, known as Sugar, change over the years, they rack up some fun hits like “The Queen Of The Silver Dollar,” “The Door Is Always Open” and “I’m Knee Deep In Loving You.”
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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