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Rewinding the Country Charts: In 1993, John Michael Montgomery Felt the ‘Love’ At No. 1

The singer notched his first Hot Country Songs leader.

On May 15, 1993, John Michael Montgomery earned his first Hot Country Songs No. 1, as “I Love How You Love Me” jumped 4-1, ultimately reigning for three weeks.

Penned by Victoria Shaw and Chuck Cannon, “Love” followed Montgomery’s No. 4 peaking debut, “Life’s a Dance,” the title song from his launch LP. The Kentucky-raised singer had grown up in a musical household, starting in a family band that included younger brother Eddie, later of duo Montgomery Gentry.

Montgomery has banked seven Hot Country Songs No. 1s (among 20 top 10s), as well as two No. 1s (of seven top 10s) on Top Country Albums. Both 1994’s “I Swear” (four weeks atop Hot Country Songs) and 1995’s “I Can Love You Like That” (three) were also recorded by then-Atlantic labelmate All-4-One. The R&B/pop vocal act’s versions soared to No. 1 (for 11 weeks) and No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively.

Now 52, Montgomery, who tours regularly, founded his own label, Stringtown Records, in 2008, releasing one album, that year’s Time Flies, which debuted and peaked at No. 35 on Top Country Albums.