Rewinding the Country Charts: In 1999, Mark Chesnutt Didn't 'Miss' No. 1
Seventeen years ago, the singer reigned with his cover of Aerosmith's pop smash.
On Feb. 20, 1999, Mark Chesnutt crowned Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart with his version of Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing." The title track of Chesnutt's eighth studio album, and his eighth and most recent No. 1, the ballad had become Aerosmith's first Billboard Hot 100 leader for four weeks in September 1998, released from the smash Armageddon soundtrack.
Decca Records had actually been promoting another Chesnutt single, but pulled it to seize upon the popularity of the Diane Warren-penned "Thing." Originally from Beaumont, Texas, Chesnutt, now 52, has notched 20 Hot Country Songs top 10s and still records and tours. Among his eight No. 1s, in addition to "Miss": "It Sure Is Monday," "Almost Goodbye" (both in 1993), "Gonna Get a Life" (1995) and "It's a Little Too Late" (1997).
Meanwhile, Aerosmith leader Steven Tyler has gone country himself. New single "Red White & You" previews his first country album, expected this spring on the Dot label. "My earliest influences put me somewhere between the Everly Brothers and the Carter Family," Tyler said in a statement. "This project is all about me paying homage to my country roots."