Thursday, December 22, 2016

Today in Country Music History...December 22, 2016



Paris, Illinois, observes Brett Eldredge Day, presents him a key to the city, and unveils city-limit signs proclaiming the community the "Home of Nashville Recording Artist Brett Eldredge"

Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" rises to #1 on the Billboard country singles list, the first of a record-setting 24 total weeks at the top

"Country Strong" debuts in Los Angeles and Nashville. Tim McGraw portrays the manager of a singer played by Gwyneth Paltrow in the picture, which also has roles for Ed Bruce, Lari White and Jim Lauderdale

The Zac Brown Band's "Highway 20 Ride" video premieres on

Taylor Swift collects her first #1 country single in Billboard with "Our Song." It stays on top for six weeks

"O, Brother Where Art Thou?" debuts in New York and Los Angeles. Produced by the Coen Brothers, the movie stars George Clooney and John Goodman, with a soundtrack featuring Alison Krauss, The Whites and Emmylou Harris, among others

John and Martina McBride welcome their first child, a 6-pound, 4-ounce daughter, Delaney Katharine McBride

Merle Haggard is perched at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "If We Make It Through December"

Guitarist Chuck Mead is born in Nevada, Missouri. He becomes one of two lead vocalists in BR549, a traditionally-influenced band that emerges from the lower Broadway club scene in Nashville to become a critical favorite in the 1990s

Hank Williams records "Lovesick Blues" in Cincinnati at the E.T. Herzog Studio

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