Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Today in Country Music History...December 21, 2016

 


2002


"Who's Your Daddy?" lands Toby Keith at #1 on the Billboard country chart

2001
Josh Turner makes his Grand Ole Opry debut, performing "Long Black Train"

1985
George Strait's "The Chair" sits at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart

1984
Singer/songwriter Eric Gunderson is born in Charlotte, North Carolina. He becomes an original member of Love And Theft, a harmony-laden act that earns hits as a trio with 2009's "Runaway" and as a duo with 2011's "Angel Eyes"

1979
Willie Nelson makes his film debut with the opening of "The Electric Horseman," also starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. It includes Nelson's hits "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys" and "Midnight Rider"

1968
Brad Warren is born in Tampa, Florida. He joins sibling Brett Warren to form The Warren Brothers, who pick up a nomination from the Academy of Country Music in 2001. They co-write Toby Keith's "Red Solo Cup," Keith Urban's "Little Bit Of Everything" and Tim McGraw & Taylor Swift's "Highway Don't Care"

1959
The Marty Robbins western classic "El Paso" takes over the top spot on the Billboard country singles chart

1956
Lee Roy Parnell is born in Abilene, Texas. The singer/slide guitarist combines country and blues to yield a soulful series of recordings in the 1990s, including "Love Without Mercy," "On The Road" and "What Kind Of Fool Do You Think I Am"

1950
Hank Williams records "Cold, Cold Heart" and "Dear John" during an evening session at the Castle Studio in downtown Nashville

1926
Freddie Hart is born in Lochapoka, Alabama. A songwriter who pens hits for Porter Wagoner, Carl Smith and George Jones, he earns his largest acclaim as an artist with "Easy Loving," the Country Music Association's Song of the Year in 1971 and '72

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