This Week on Wide Open Country
Coming up this week on WIDE OPEN COUNTRY…
An historic recording session took place on this date in 1968 at the Capitol Recording Studio on the famous corner of Hollywood & Vine in Los Angeles, California. GLEN CAMPBELL records “Wichita Lineman”…widely recognized as one the greatest songs recorded in any genre. What you may not know is that the song was originally inspired by Hall of Fame writer Jimmy Webb on a drive thru Washita County, Oklahoma…NOT Wichita, Kansas.
When things are going are going good…it “Feels So Right”…and ALABAMA was feeling great in May 1981. The band was celebrating a run of four consecutive #1 singles…and had just earned its first Gold Record. The album’s title track was written by lead singer Randy Owen.
Another artist who knows a thing or two about stringing together hit after hit is GEORGE STRAIT…and every streak has to start somewhere. On this date in 1982, MCA Nashville releases what will become George’s first in a long line of #1 records, “Fool Hearted Memory”. These days if you want to see King George, you need to plan a road trip to Vegas…Strait only has six limited engagements this year booked at T-Mobile Arena.
For the record, they never broke up, they just took a 14-year vacation. On this date in 1994, The Eagles began their first tour in well over a decade with a show at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. While many music historians point to a number of factors that led to the legendary country-rock band reuniting…the fact is they had not seen each other in person in 13 years until arriving on the set of a video TRAVIS TRITT was shooting for his version of the classic “Take It Easy” which appeared on 1993’s “Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles”. Tritt’s closest 2017 tour stop will be June 17th at Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY.
May 27th, 2006…JASON ALDEAN sits on top of the Billboard Country Singles chart for the first time with “Why”! Don’t miss Jason June 3rd at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center!
Happy 78th Birthday to the “Gentle Giant”! Country Music Hall of Famer DON WILLIAMS was born on this date in Floydada, Texas in 1939. After performing for seven years with the folk-pop group, the Pozo-Seco Singers, the easy going baritone landed a top 10 hit every year from 1974 to 1991.
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