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Elvis Dies, Alabama’s First No. 1 – Today In Country History

The Music and Memories of Aug. 16

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1980- Alabama lands their first No. 1 single in Billboard with ‘Tennessee River.’ The band had released three singles prior, including ‘I Wanna Be With You Tonight’ (No. 78) ‘I Wanna’ Come Over’ (No. 33) and ‘My Home’s In Alabama’ (No. 17).

 1977- Elvis Presley dies in his bathroom at Graceland Mansion in Memphis. Elvis’ career starts in Country Music with his first No. 1 ‘I Forgot To Remember To Forget.’  Most all of his Rock and Roll hits crossed over to No. 1 on the Country Charts, including ‘All Shook Up’ ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ and ‘Don’t Be Cruel.’ He enters the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998.

1969- Merle Haggard’s ‘Workin’ Man Blues’ goes to No. 1.

Birthdays

Emily Robison, 1972. Born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, she becomes part of the trio, The Dixie Chicks.

Billy Joe Shaver, 1939.  Singer-songwriter who pens ‘Honky Tonk Heroes’ for Waylon Jennings.

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