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This Day In Country Music History – Kitty, Cash And A Rhinestone Cowboy Hit #1 [Video]

This day, August 23rd, is a good day for me personally. Three of my all time favorite songs all claimed the top of the Country Music charts on this date. The songs were recorded by legendary country performers Kitty Wells, Johnny Cash and Glen Campbell. Let’s see if you can remember the words and sing a long with them too.

It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels – This iconic tune changed the course of country music. This was the first time a female artist had ever claimed the top spot on the chart. Kitty Wells, became known as the Queen of Country Music based on the strength of this hit.


A Boy Named Sue – In 1969 Johnny Cash took  the top of the charts with a song that was a bit of a gender bender, especially for the late 60’s. I remember discussion in my small hometown as to whether or not the radio station,(we only had one) should play a song about a boy with a girl’s name. Times have changed in the past 50 years haven’t they?

Rhinestone Cowboy – This Glen Campbell hit was discovered almost by accident. Glen heard the record while on a tour of Australia and brought the song back to his record label in Nashville. He recorded the song and it took off on both the country and pop charts. In fact, Rhinestone Cowboy was the first song to hold the #1 slot on both the country and Hot 100 chart at the same time since Big Bad John accomplished the feat in 1961.

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