Friday, December 30, 2016

Today in Country Music History...December 30, 2016

 


2014


Eric Paslay gets engaged to publishing executive Natalie Harker

2010
Trace Adkins sings the national anthem and Ashton Shepherd performs "God Bless America" for the Music City Bowl at Nashville's LP Field. The North Carolina Tar Heels beat the Tennessee Volunteers, 30-27, in double overtime

2001
Neal McCoy joins Wayne Newton and comedian Drew Carey to entertain American troops at the Kandahar Airport in Afghanistan, part of the USO's Deliver America Tour

1984
Gary Morris' run in a New York production of the opera "La Boheme" concludes at the Anspacher Theater after 2-1/2 months

1962
Brenda Lee suffers a minor eye injury and has her hair singed when she tries unsuccessfully to rescue her poodle, CeeCee, from a house fire in Nashville. Lee's nine-room home, valued at $37,000, is destroyed along with $25,000 worth of clothing

1956
Suzy Bogguss is born in Aledo, Illinois. She earns respect for her easy-going vocal skills and adept song selection in the 1990s, gaining thoughtful hits with "Outbound Plane," "Just Like The Weather," "Aces" and "Letting Go"

1950
Lefty Frizzell makes his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, singing "If You've Got The Money I've Got The Time" and "I Love You A Thousand Ways"

1944
Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys appear on the Grand Ole Opry, causing a stir when Monte Mountjoy's drum set is moved onto the stage at the last minute. Drums were previously not allowed. Their first number is "New San Antonio Rose"

1937
Singer/songwriter John Hartford is born in New York. The multi-instrumentalist works primarily in bluegrass throughout his career, though he creates a pop and country standard by writing Glen Campbell's "Gentle On My Mind"

1931
Skeeter Davis is born in Dry Ridge, Kentucky. She earns her first hit as a 1953 duet partner of Betty Jack Davis, who dies in a car accident. Skeeter goes on to Grand Ole Opry membership and a solo career that peaks with the 1962 crossover single "The End Of The World"

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