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Mama Tried & Keith’s Classic

1968: Merle Haggard records “Mama Tried” on this date at the Capitol Recording Studio in Hollywood, with Glen Campbell joining the band on the session.

Here’s a great version of this one by Bri Bagwell!

1974: Merle Haggard had the #1 country single with “Things Aren’t Funny Anymore,” Haggard’s seventeenth #1 on the country charts spent ten weeks on the country chart.

1989: Keith Whitley, the country music singer who charted 19 singles on the Billboard country charts, including five consecutive #1’s was found dead fully clothed face down on his bed. The cause of death was determined to be acute ethanolism (alcohol poisoning).  At the time of his death, he had just finished work on his fourth and final studio album, I Wonder Do You Think of Me.  The album was released three months after his death, and produced two more #1 hits, with the title track and “It Ain’t Nothin’.”



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