It was Mike Curb’s 317th No. 1 single as a record label owner, but his eyes sparkled like it was his first hit.
who in 1964 started the company that would become Curb Records, joined a throng of celebrants Tuesday (Dec. 4) at the Country
Music Association building in Nashville to toast Lee Brice’s latest chart-topper,
“Hard to Love,” and its three co-writers, Billy Montana, John Ozier
and Ben Glover.
Brice records for Curb, and Montana and Ozier write for his publishing company.
It was Montana’s
fourth No. 1, the earlier ones having been Sara Evans’ “Suds
in the Bucket,” Jo Dee Messina’s “Bring
on the Rain” and Garth Brooks’ “More Than a Memory.” (Brice, incidentally,
co-wrote the last-named song.)
A singer as well as a songwriter, Montana had just returned to Nashville after performing
for American troops in