Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Today in Country Music History...December 7, 2016



Chris Stapleton is the leading country candidate, receiving four nominations in the Grammy Awards. His solo debut, "Traveller," is up for Album of the Year and Best Country Album, while the title track contends for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song

George Jones is celebrated during the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C., along with Barbra Streisand, Morgan Freeman and two members of The Who

An installment of "CMT Crossroads" pairing LeAnn Rimes and Joss Stone has its first showing on TV. The two singers join voices on "Nothin' Better To Do"

The Dixie Chicks register five Grammy nominations, leading all country acts in the 49th annual show. Alan Jackson nets three and Carrie Underwood collects two, including one for Best New Artist

BNA releases Kenny Chesney's "How Forever Feels"

Reba McEntire's "For My Broken Heart" tops the Billboard country singles chart

Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton earn a platinum single for "Islands In The Stream"

Drummer Neil Mason is born in Nashville. He joins The Cadillac Three, a rock-edged trio that earns a 2015 nomination from the Academy of Country Music. He also co-writes Jake Owen's "Days Of Gold"

Gary Morris is born in Fort Worth, Texas. A considerably talented singer, he piles up a string of hits that includes "The Wind Beneath My Wings" and "Baby Bye Bye" beginning in 1980 before branching into night-time soaps and Broadway

Bobby Osborne is born in Hyden, Kentucky. With younger sibling Sonny, The Osborne Brothers become a major bluegrass duo, joining the Grand Ole Opry in 1964 and developing their signature song "Rocky Top"

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