I hope you can join me today for another very busy hour of country’s biggest milestones and anniversaries. On today’s show we’re going to celebrate a couple birthdays, talk about a few number one albums, and play several number one hits!
Elvis Presley kicked off his 12th and final week at number one on this day in 1956 with “Heartbreak Hotel.” The song was first written by Hoyt Axton’s mother, Mae a year earlier.
Exile reached number one on this day in 1984 with “I Don’t Want to be a Memory.” It was their third number one and it stayed at the top for one week that summer.
Garth Brooks started a three week ride at number one on July 14th, 1990 with a song that many feel is his signature composition. “The Dance” would go on to get him the 1990 ACM Video of the Year and Song of the Year.
Happy 45th birthday to singer Jamey Johnson and happy 77th birthday to songwriter Rory Bourke. He’s written and co-written several big songs for artists over the years including “A Little Good News” by Anne Murray and “Come Next Monday” by K.T. Oslin.
The Urban Cowboy soundtrack was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on this day in 1980.
Country Heat 4 was the number one album in Canada this week in 1994. It enjoyed a two week ride at the top and featured 15 tracks from various artists including “If I’m Ever Over You” by Michelle Wright.
Lonestar’s album “I’m Already There” reached number one on the country albums chart 19 years ago today. It contained four singles as well the title track which which spent a whopping six weeks at number one in July of 2001.