TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY
Connie Hall born (1929) in Walden, Ky.
Sonny James' single "That's Why I Love You Like I Do" went to No. 1 (1972)
The Oak Ridge Boys' "I'll Be True to You" went to No. 1 (1978)
Dixie Chick Natalie Maines married actor Adrian Pasdar in a ceremony at A Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas (2000)
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STANLEY DEBUTS ON BILLBOARD CHARTS
After 56 years of non-stop performing, 75-year-old Ralph Stanley has made a solo appearance on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. His self-titled album debuts at No. 22. Stanley has appeared on the Billboard charts once before, as half of the Stanley Brothers, with the 1960 single "How Far to Little Rock," which reached No. 17.
The "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack -- which propelled Stanley to stardom -- dethrones Kenny Chesney's "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" after seven straight weeks at No. 1. The soundtrack has now been charting for 80 weeks.
Alan Jackson's "Drive" stays at No. 3, Brad Paisley's "Part II" holds at No. 4, and Toby Keith's "Pull My Chain" climbs two spots to No. 5.
Filling out the Top 10 are Brooks & Dunn's "Steers & Stripes," Martina McBride's "Greatest Hits," Tim McGraw's "Greatest Hits" and his "Set This Circus Down," and the self-titled "Rascal Flatts."
Also debuting this week is Sawyer Brown's "Can You Hear Me Now" at No. 39 and "Inside Traxx," a NASCAR-themed album by various artists, at No. 48.
George Strait's "Living and Living Well" repeats for a second week atop the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart but faces plenty of competition. Top 10 singles still climbing are Lonestar's "Not a Day Goes By" at No. 3, Gary Allan's "The One" at No. 5, Chesney's "The Good Stuff" at No. 6, Brooks & Dunn's "My Heart Is Lost to You" at No. 7, and Keith's "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)" at No. 8. The Dixie Chicks' "Long Time Gone" rises to No. 15 in its fourth week of release.
Singles debuting this week are Rascal Flatts' "These Days" at No. 48, Jackson's "Work in Progress" at No. 52, Emerson Drive's "Fall into Me" at No. 56, and Chesney's "A Lot of Things Different" at No. 59.
Mother of Earl Thomas and Fred Conley to be buried
Ruth Conley, 84, mother of singer/songwriter Earl Thomas Conley and publisher/artist manager Fred Conley, passed away on June 19 at Southern Hills Medical Center in Nashville after suffering a stroke.
Mrs. Conley was born in Firebrick, Ky., on Feb. 12, 1918. She married Arthur Conley and the couple lived in Portsmouth, Ohio. Mrs. Conley moved to Nashville in 1992 after her husband's death.
She is survived by three sons, four daughters, one brother, six sisters and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Viewing will be held Tuesday, June 25, at Davis Funeral Home in West Portsmouth, Ohio. The funeral will be held Wednesday, June 26, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.