Today in Country Music, August 14
Today in country music, August 14
On this day in 2011, Zac Brown Band performed several songs on the Today Show and then were given a surprise; news that their album, You Get What You Give, had been certified platinum selling over one million copies worldwide
Today in 2006, Carrie Underwood joined tons of celebrities in sporting a milk mustache in an ad reading: "Country by Carrie, body by milk"
Mickey Gilley’s re-make of "Stand By Me" landed at the top of the charts in 1980
In 1980, Mickey Gilley decided to come up with a new sound, in order to bring him country crossover success so many other Country singers (including Eddie Rabbitt, Juice Newton, Kenny Rogers, and Dolly Parton) were having at the time. His career was given a second go-around when one of his recordings was featured on the box-office-selling movie Urban Cowboy. The song was the Country remake of the Soul standard "Stand by Me". As the movie was becoming successful, so was "Stand by Me". The song rose to the top of the Country charts in 1980, as well as hitting the Top 5 of the Adult Contemporary charts, as well as making the Pop Top 40. The song turned Gilley into a pop-country crossover success, yet, despite it being his only Adult Contemporary hit, it did become one of his signature songs.
"Stand by Me" was originally performed by Ben E. King and written by King, Jerry Leiber, and Mike Stoller, inspired by the spiritual "Lord Stand by Me," plus two lines rooted in Psalms 46:2–3. There have been over 400 recorded versions of the song.
"Stand by Me" was ranked number 122 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 1999, BMI named it as the fourth most-performed song of the 20th century, with about 7 million performances.