May 16th: On this day in Country Music
Born on this day in Santa Monica, California, was Scott Reeves. He appeared as an actor in the TV series The Young And The Restless, and later formed Blue County with Aaron Benward, who had a hit with “Good Little Girls” in 2004. He also co-wrote Toby Keith’s hit “Made In America”.
Roger Miller recorded a version of the Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster song “Me and Bobby McGee”. His version peaked at #12 on the Country charts in August of this year.
Born on this day in Houston, Texas, was Rick Trevino, a Mexican American country music artist who scored the 1997 US #1 Country hit “Running Out of Reasons to Run.”
Alabama was at #1 on the country album chart with 40-Hour Week, their ninth studio album which included three songs that topped the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. Two of the #1 tracks: “There’s No Way” and the title track, became milestones in Alabama’s recording career when “There’s No Way” became Alabama’s 16th consecutive #1 single. The feat allowed Alabama to tie Sonny James’ 14-year-old record for most #1 songs in as many consecutive single releases. Then, in August of this year, “40 Hour Week (For a Livin’)” topped the chart, becoming Alabama’s 17th-straight chart topper, allowing them to surpass James’ record.
Tim McGraw was at #1 on the Country chart with his version of “Please Remember Me” a song co-written by Rodney Crowell and Will Jennings. Originally recorded by Crowell on his 1995 album Jewel of the South, his version was released as a single that year.
Kenny Chesney performed “There Goes My Life” and “Back Where I Come From” for president George W. Bush at the official dinner for Australian Prime Minister John Howard and Mrs. Janette Howard in the East Wing of the White House.