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Today in Country Music, August 20, featuring Reba McEntire

Posted By: Barry Kent · 8/20/2012 5:50:00 AM

Today in country music, August 20.

On this day in 2011, Luke Bryan's third studio album, Tailgates & Tanlines, topped Billboard's country albums chart and clinched the #2 spot on the Billboard top 200 chart with over 145,000 units sold.

Today in 2008, Trisha Yearwood was the first artist chosen by aol music to participate in their concert series on their music site The Boot.

Tim Mcgraw drew a crowd of over 4,000 when he played a concert for the today show in New York city's Rockefeller Plaza in 2001.

And on this day in 1986, Reba Mcentire sat at the top of the chart with "Little Rock."

"Little Rock" was written by Pat McManus, Bob DiPiero, and Gerry House. Reba included it in her  1986 studio album, Whoever's in New England. Produced by Jimmy Bowen and McEntire, the song was released as the album's second single, reaching number one on the Billboard Magazine country music chart in late 1986.

"Little Rock" was reviewed mainly positively. William Ruhlmann of Allmusic reviewed the album, Whoever's in New England, calling the song a "cheery cheating song."'s Jolene Downs also reviewed McEntire's 1986 album and gave "Little Rock," praise, calling it one of the "pros" of the album, along with the songs, "Whoever's in New England" and "Can't Stop Now." Downs also said that the song was "of my favorites," praising McEntire's voice on the track (among a few others mentioned), further stating, "She can sing a love ballad with enough feeling to bring tears to your eyes. She can dish out the ultimatums to the "other woman" like no one else."

"Little Rock" was released as the second single from, Whoever's in New England on June 2, 1986, following the success of the title track. "Little Rock" became McEntire's sixth number one single on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and was the last single released from the album. In addition, the song also reached #2 in on Canada's RPM Country Tracks chart, becoming her highest-charting single in Canada up to that point. With the single's success the album became McEntire's first album to certify "Gold" by the Recording Industry Association of America, and eventually went "Platinum.

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