November 24, 1999


The profile of Chris Gaines, Garth Brook’s fictional Australian rock-star, alter-ego, aired on VH1′s Behind The Music. The album In The Life Of Chris Gaines, was certified double platinum. Brooks created the persona to explore rock and roll styles far removed from his success as a country singer.

Initially, Brooks planned to feature the Gaines persona in The Lamb, a motion picture which never materialized. Brooks released one album as Gaines; the album produced two charting singles, "Lost in You" which climbed to #5 on the pop chart and "It Don't Matter to the Sun" which made it to #24 on the US Country charts, against Brooks' insistence that no single from the album be recognized by the country charts.

Brooks would later call the project his "greatest professional disappointment." The album stands at the least selling album of Brooks' career, though it did generate his only U.S. Top 40 single in "Lost In You."

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    Wanted: The Outlaws, the album by Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter and Tompall Glaser, was certified platinum and became the first country album to sell 1 million copies.

    The original album featured two singles, "Suspicious Minds" (#2) and "Good Hearted Woman" (#1). In 1984, this album was among the first to be issued on CD by RCA Records.

    In 1988, an abridged version of this album was released on CD, omitting Waylon & Jessi's "Suspicious Minds", Tompall Glaser's "Put Another Log On The Fire" and Waylon's "Honky Tonk Heroes". The reasons for the deletions are unknown to this day.

    Wanted! The Outlaws was reissued on CD on RCA Records in 1996 not only with all 11 original tracks restored but augmented with ten bonus tracks. Only one of these, Steve Earle's "Nowhere Road", had previously been unreleased.

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    Decca releases Brenda Lee's holiday classic "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree." Lee recorded this song when she was only thirteen years old, and although  Decca released the single in both 1958 and 1959, it did not sell until Lee became a popular star in 1960.

    It peaked at #14 on the charts in 1960 and re-entered the charts in 1965, peaking at #3.

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    #1 On This Date


    2012 – Taylor Swift – “We Are Never Getting Back Together

    2007 – Dierks Bentley – “Free And Easy (Down The Road I Go)

    2001 – Toby Keith – “I Wanna Talk About Me

    1990 – K.T. Oslin – “Come Next Monday

    1984 – Johnny Lee – “You Could’ve Heard A Heartbreak

    1979 – Waylon Jennings – “Come With Me

    1973 – Charlie Rich – “The Most Beautiful Girl

    1962 – Bill Anderson – “Mama Sang A Song

    1958 – Ray Price – “City Lights

    1956 – Marty Robbins – “Singing The Blues

    1951 – Pee Wee King – “Slow Poke

    1945 – Dick Thomas – “Sioux City Sue



    2012 – Taylor Swift - Red

    2007 – The Eagles – Long Road Out of Eden

    2001 – George Strait – The Road Less Travelled

    1990 – Randy Travis – Heroes & Friends

    1984 – Willie Nelson – City of New Orleans

    1979 – Kenny Rogers – Kenny

    1973 – Marie Osmond – Paper Roses

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