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Country Music Timeline: Happy Birthday Kenny!!

Kenny Chesney
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March 26 —

Happy Birthday goes out to a couple of country stars today including Ronnie McDowell, Kenny Chesney, and a person who’s partially responsible for some of George Strait’s incredible list of #1 songs…

1955 – Happy Birthday to Ronnie McDowell who scored more than a dozen Top 10 hits through 1987, including “Older Women” and “You’re Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation”


1955 – Happy Birthday to Dean Dillon too! (Wikipedia) If you’re saying who is that? He wrote all of the following songs:
Vern Gosdin’s “Set Em Up Joe”:

George Strait’s “The Chair”:

Toby Keith’s “Get My Drink On” (co-written)

If you were ever wondering how George Strait could have so many hits without writing a single one, Dean Dillon is a huge reason. He wrote well over 50 songs that were recorded by The King Of Country.

1968 — Kenny Chesney is born in Knoxville, Tennessee. Do I really have to go into detail about who this guy is or what he’s done? He’s become Jimmy Buffett’s biggest competition when it comes to selling flip flops and ice cold Corona’s.

1983 — John Anderson goes to #1 on the Billboard country chart with “Swingin'”

1992 — Trisha Yearwood gets her first platinum album with her self titled debut.

2002 — Phil Vassar is celebrating his wedding anniversary toda. His wife, Julie Wood is also a songwriter. The couple co-wrote his hit “That’s When I Love You”

2005 — Craig Morgan sets up camp at the top of the Billboard chart with “That’s What I Love About Sunday”. It stays at #1 for 4 weeks and is billed as the most played song on country radio that year.

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