> Entertainer of the Year: Loretta Lynn
> Most popular song in 1972: Here I Am Again
Loretta Lynn, the coal miner’s daughter from Kentucky, was the CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1972, besting a field that included Merle Haggard, Freddie Hart, Charley Pride, and Jerry Reed. “Here I Am Again” spent 15 weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, peaking at No. 3.
> Entertainer of the Year: Roy Clark
> Most popular song in 1973: Come Live With Me
Roy Clark became CMA Entertainer of the Year on the strength of the success of the song “Come Live With Me,” which topped the country charts. Clark beat out Merle Haggard, Charley Pride, Loretta Lynn, and Tom T. Hall for the CMA honor. Clark established his celebrity status when he became one of the hosts of the primetime variety series “Hee Haw” in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
> Entertainer of the Year: Charlie Rich
> Most popular song in 1974: There Won’t Be Anymore
Few country performers enjoyed more success than Charlie Rich in the 1970s. CMA’s Entertainer of the Year in 1974 had a No. 1 that year with “There Won’t Be Anymore,” one of nine country No. 1 hits posted by the silver-haired singer. Two of Rich’s albums — “Very Special Love Songs’ and “There Won’t Be Anymore” — went to No. 1 on the country chart in 1974. Rich topped Roy Clark, Mac Davis, Loretta Lynn, and Olivia Newton-John for the CMA award.
> Entertainer of the Year: John Denver
> Most popular song in 1975: I’m Sorry
John Denver released his album “Back Home Again” in 1974 to great acclaim. It featured some of the folk hero’s biggest singles, including “Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” “Annie’s Song,” and its title track, which also won Song of the Year. The singer’s most successful song of the year, however, was “I’m Sorry,” which was not included on the album. Denver’s competition for Entertainer of the Year consisted of Waylon Jennings, Loretta Lynn, Ronnie Milsap, and Conway Twitty.
> Entertainer of the Year: Mel Tillis
> Most popular song in 1976: Good Woman Blues
“Good Woman Blues,” a No. 1 for two weeks on the Billboard country chart, helped propel Mel Tillis to CMA Entertainer of the Year over Waylon Jennings, Ronnie Milsap, Willie Nelson, and Dolly Parton. Tillis had six country chart-toppers all time on Billboard.