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"Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors - Circle Of Love" airs on NBC. Jennifer Nettles and Rick Schroder star in the holiday special. Parton narrates, sings and plays a hooker. "Some women," her character notes, "say I'm their worst nightmare"
Glen Campbell delivers the final concert of his career at the Uptown Theatre in Napa, California. The set includes "Try A Little Kindness," "Wichita Lineman," "Southern Nights" and the last song of his lifetime, "Gentle On My Mind"
A Nashville judge rules Tim McGraw is free to record for a label other than Curb Records. Wife Faith Hill is in the courtroom for the decision
"These Days" propels Rascal Flatts to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
Two country artists are nominated in each of the three musical categories for the People's Choice Awards: Garth Brooks and George Strait, male nominees; Shania Twain and Faith Hill, female; and The Dixie Chicks and Alabama, band
Martina McBride joins the Grand Ole Opry during the taping of a CBS-TV special, "Grand Ole Opry 70th Anniversary Celebration," at the Opry House
Garth Brooks receives the first of many multi-platinum certifications, as the album "No Fences" goes double-platinum
Mindy McCready is born in Fort Myers, Florida. Her sassy, confident approach nets late-1990s hits with "Ten Thousand Angels" and "Guys Do It All The Time." Personal issues lead to a downward spiral that culminates in suicide in 2013
Record executive and producer Jimmy Bowen is born in Santa Rita, New Mexico. After starting in pop, he works for MCA, Elektra and Capitol, producing hits for George Strait, Reba McEntire, Eddie Rabbitt and Hank Williams Jr., among others
Bass player Bob Moore is born in Nashville. A member of Nashville's "A-Team" of studio musicians, his hundreds of credits include hits by Kenny Rogers, Conway Twitty, George Jones, Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley and Loretta Lynn