Friday, December 22, 2017

Today in Country Music History...December 22, 2017

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2013
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"

2012
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

2009
The Zac Brown Band's "Highway 20 Ride" video premieres on CMT.com

2007
Taylor Swift collects her first #1 country single in Billboard with "Our Song." It stays on top for six weeks

2000
"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

1994
John and Martina McBride welcome their first child, a 6-pound, 4-ounce daughter, Delaney Katharine McBride

1973
Merle Haggard is perched at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "If We Make It Through December"

1968
Singer/songwriter Lori McKenna is born in Stoughton, Massachusetts. She writes Hunter Hayes' single "I Want Crazy," RaeLynn's "God Made Girls," Little Big Town's "Girl Crush" and Tim McGraw's "Humble And Kind"

1960
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

1948
Hank Williams records "Lovesick Blues" in Cincinnati at the E.T. Herzog Studio

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