June 9th: On this day in Country Music
Waylon Jennings was at #1 on the US country album charts with Ol’ Waylon. The album features one of his signature songs, a track featuring Willie Nelson called “Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)”, as well as the Neil Diamond song “Sweet Caroline”, a version of Kenny Rogers’ “Lucille” and a medley of the two Arthur Crudup songs previous recorded by Elvis Presley.
Kenny Rogers was at #1 on the Billboard country chart with “She Believes In Me”. The song became one of his biggest crossover hits in the late spring of 1979, reaching #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart.
George Strait started a five-week run at #1 on the Billboard country chart with “Love Without End, Amen”, the lead-off single from his #1 album, Livin’ It Up.
Carrie Underwood was at #1 on the US country chart with her debut album Some Hearts. It is the best selling debut album by a solo female country music artist in history and album contains the #1 singles “Jesus, Take the Wheel”, “Don’t Forget to Remember Me”, “Wasted”, and “Before He Cheats”.
George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today” was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, along with The Kingston Trio’s “Tom Dooley” and The Stanley Brothers’ “Rank Stranger”.