Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Today in Country Music History...December 27, 2016



Carrie Underwood hits the top of the Billboard country albums chart with "Greatest Hits: Decade #1"

Clay and Jessica Walker have a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Walker

Little Big Town's Phillip Sweet and his wife, Rebecca, have a daughter, Penelopi Jane Sweet, at Nashville's Baptist Hospital

Shay Mooney is born in Natural Dam, Arkansas. He becomes one-half of Dan + Shay, who pick up numerous Vocal Duo of the Year nominations on the back of Top 10 hits, beginning in 2014, with "19 You + Me" and "Nothin' Like You"

Hank Williams Jr.'s remake of "Mind Your Own Business" tops the Billboard country chart, with help from Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, Reba McEntire and Reverend Ike

Ricky Van Shelton moves to Nashville when his girlfriend, Bettye, gets a new job

Dolly Parton earns the first gold album of her career, with "Here You Come Again"

Songwriter Jim Beavers is born in Midland, Texas. He authors Tim McGraw's "Felt Good On My Lips," Toby Keith's "Red Solo Cup," Luke Bryan's "Drink A Beer" and Josh Turner's "Why Don't We Just Dance"

Ricochet's Jeff Bryant is born in Pecos, Texas. The drummer contributes to several hits as the band wins the Academy of Country Music's Top Vocal Group honor in 1996 and 1998, but he leaves in 1999, suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome

Les Taylor is born in Oneida, Kentucky. The vocalist/guitarist becomes a key member of Exile, whose harmonic mix of gospel, pop and country yields more than 10 hit singles from 1983 until his departure for a solo career in 1989. Taylor also co-writes Janie Fricke's 1982 single "It Ain't Easy Bein' Easy"

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