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Willie Nelson Makes Billboard History, Country Music’s First Million Seller – Today In Country History

The Music and Memories of Aug. 13

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1994- John Michael Montgomery has a No. 1 country single in Billboard with ‘Be My Baby Tonight.’

1988- Keith Whitley gets his first No. 1 country single with ‘Don’t Close Your Eyes.’

1988- Willie Nelson becomes the first artist ever to have an album spend 10 years on the Billboard country chart as “Stardust” logs its 520th week.  The album featured Willie Nelson’s take on pop standards, like ‘Blue Skies’ and ‘Georgia On My Mind.’

1966- David Houston’s ‘Almost Persuaded’ is at No. 1.

1924- Vernon Dalhart records ‘The Wreck Of The Old ’97′ and ‘The Prisoner’s Song.’ The two songs, released on a single record (A and B Side), comprise the first million-selling single in country music history.

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Andy Griggs, 1973.  Hits include ‘You Won’t Ever Be Lonely’ and ‘She’s More.’

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