The Music and Memories of January, 14
Kevin’s Country Calendar
1988- The “Trio” album, by Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris, receives a Grammy nomination for Best Album.
1986- Reba McEntire joins the Grand Ole Opry during a CBS special celebrating the Opry’s 60th anniversary. Hank Snow boycotts the special when producers limit him to one verse of “I’m Moving On.” Throughout the year, Reba goes to number one with “Whoever’s In New England,” “What Am I Gonna Do About You,” and “Little Rock.” Then, she caps the year by winning the CMA’s “Entertainer of the Year” award.
1976-Glen Campbell and “Rhinestone Cowboy” net four Grammy nominations, including Record of the Year out of all formats. The song hit #1 for 3 weeks in June of 1975.
The #1 Hits:
1995- Not A Moment Too Soon- Tim McGraw
1989- Change Of Heart- The Judds
1984- Slow Burn- T.G. Sheppard
1950- I Love You Because-Leon Payne
Billy Walker, 1929. In 1962 he scores his biggest hit with “Charlie’s Shoes.” Then, in 1964 racks up another big hit with “Cross The Brazos At Waco.” A regular on the Grand Ole Opry since 1960 until his death in 2006. Sadly, Billy was driving the van that crashed and took the lives of everyone on board, including his wife and crew, with the only survivor being his grandson.
Billie Jo Spears, 1937. Billie placed her first songs on the charts in 1968. In 1975, she scored her biggest hit, “Blanket On The Ground.” In the eighties, she becomes a big touring and recording act in the United Kingdom.
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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