All My Rowdy Friends Were At The CMAs – Today In Country Music History [VIDEO]
October 14, 1985
At the Country Music Association Awards, bluegrass legends Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs were elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House, while Ricky Skaggs was named Entertainer of the Year and The Ricky Skaggs Band was named Instrumental Group of the Year. George Strait was the male Vocalist and Reba McEntire the Female Vocalist of the Year. The Judds were the Vocal Group of the Year while Dave Loggins and Anne Murray received the Vocal Duo and Chet Atkins the Instrumentalist of the Year.
Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless The USA” was named Song of the Year. The Judds claimed Single of the Year for "Why Not Me", Sawyer Brown the Horizon Award and the Video of the Year went to Hank Williams, Jr. for “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight.”
The Dixie Chicks’ album Home was certified triple platinum for sales of 3 million copies. The album included 4 singles: "Travelin' Soldier" (#1), "Landslide" (#2), “Long Time Gone” (#2) and "Top Of The World" (did not chart).
To date, the album has sold over 6 million copies world wide.
The Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame adds Jack Clement ("Ballad Of A Teenage Queen"), Don Gibson ("I Can't Stop Loving You"), Harlan Howard ("Busted"), Roger Miller, Ed and Steve Nelson ("Bouquet Of Roses") and Willie Nelson.
Glen Campbell’s album Galveston was certified gold. The album featured the #1 hit "Galveston", written by Jimmy Webb, who also penned the follow-up single, "Where's The Playground Susie", which peaked at number 28.
2006 – Alan Jackson – Like Red On a Rose
2000 – Kenny Chesney – Greatest Hits
1995 – Tim McGraw – All I Want
1978 – Dolly Parton – Heartbreaker
1972 – Charley Pride – A Sunshiny Day
1967 – Bobbie Gentry – Ode To Billie Joe
Vocalist-bass player Doug Virden (Sons Of The Desert) is 44
Singer Natalie Maines (Dixie Chicks) is 40