2/8/19 Day in the Country

February 8th:
Born on this day in McCamey, Texas, was Dan Seals, the younger brother of Seals & Crofts member Jim Seals. He first gained fame as “England Dan”, one half of the soft rock duo England Dan & John Ford Coley. After the duo disbanded, Seals began a solo career in country music. Throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s, he released 16 studio albums and charted more than 20 singles on the country charts. Eleven of his singles reached #1 including “Meet Me in Montana” (with Marie Osmond), and “Bop.” He died on March 25, 2009.

Jim Reeves was at #1 on the country singles Billboard chart with “He’ll Have To Go”. Reeves recorded what became one of country music’s biggest hits ever after listening to a version recorded by singer Billy Brown. The song, written by Joe and Audrey Allison, was inspired after the couple were having difficulty communicating by telephone. The first verse set the tone: “Put your sweet lips a little closer to the phone/Let’s pretend that we’re together all alone/I’ll tell the man to turn the juke box way down low/And you can tell your friend there with you he’ll have to go.”

Kenny Rogers was at #1 on the US Country music chart with Eyes That See in the Dark, his 12th solo studio album and first released by RCA Records in August 1983. This album has now sold over 15 million copies world-wide.

Travis Tritt released “Help Me Hold On”, the second single from his 1990 debut album Country Club. It reached #1 in both the United States and Canada, thus becoming Travis Tritt’s first #1 hit.

Country music winners at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards included; June Carter Cash who won Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “Keep on the Sunny Side”, Best Male Country Vocal Performance went to Vince Gill for “Next Big Thing”, Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group was Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder for “A Simple Life”, and Best Country Song went to Jim Moose Brown & Don Rollins (songwriters) for “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” performed by Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett.

Emmylou Harris won Best Female Country Vocal Performance for The Connection at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards. Best Male Country Vocal Performance went to You’ll Think of Me by Keith Urban and Best Country Collaboration with Vocals was won by Faith Hill & Tim McGraw for “Like We Never Loved At All.”

Former Led Zeppelin singer, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss won five trophies in the 51st Grammy Awards at the Staples Center: Album of the Year and Contemporary Folk/Americana Album, for Raising Sand; Record of the Year, “Please Read The Letter”; Pop Collaboration, “Rich Woman”; and Country Collaboration, “Killing The Blues.”

Rosanne Cash, picked up the best American roots performance and song awards for “A Feather’s Not A Bird” and best Americana album for The River and the Thread at this years Grammy Awards. Miranda Lambert won best country album for Platinum.