Sunday, December 31, 2017

Today in Country Music History...December 31, 2017

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2015
Carrie Underwood performs a medley of "Smoke Break," "Heartbeat" and "Before He Cheats" from Times Square during the annual ABC special "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest." Luke Bryan sings "That's My Kind Of Night," and Jimmy Buffett chips in "Margaritaville" from a concert in Brooklyn

2011
The Band Perry performs "If I Die Young" on the ABC year-end special "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" along with Fergie, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Hot Chelle Rae. It's the last iconic New Year's Eve of Clark's life

2002
Big Kenny, already $140,000 in debt, loses most of his last $200 playing blackjack in Las Vegas. He gives the dealer a $20 tip, leaving himself with just one buck. The event inspires him to write a future Tim McGraw hit, "Last Dollar (Fly Away)"

1999
Eight years after their last concert together, The Judds usher in the new millennium with a reunion show at the America West Arena in Phoenix, with Ashley Judd hosting. First song in the set: "Love Can Build A Bridge"

1999
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw mark the dawn of the new millennium by kissing on stage at Nashville's Gaylord Entertainment Center. Kenny Chesney and Mark Collie also join McGraw, and the bill includes Jessica Andrews and The Clark Family Experience

1990
Following his show at the Houston Summit, Clint Black meets TV personality Lisa Hartman, whom he marries the following October

1985
Rick Nelson dies in a plane crash outside of DeKalb, Texas. A TV star on "The Adventures Of Ozzie & Harriet," he crossed between pop and country with his 1950s rockabilly-influenced recordings, including "Stood Up" and "Poor Little Fool"

1952
Hank Williams sets out from Birmingham to Charleston, West Virginia, for a New Year's Eve show. Slowed by snow, he tries to grab a flight in in Knoxville, but the flight is cancelled. Williams gets a shot of morphine, then takes what proves to be his final ride in the back seat of his blue Cadillac

1947
Roy Rogers marries Dale Evans at the Flying L Ranch in Murray County, Oklahoma. Rogers is late for the ceremony, delayed when he puts out a fire started by a cigarette butt in another room

1943
Singer/songwriter John Denver is born in Roswell, New Mexico. He straddles pop and country music in the mid-1970s, making him a controversial winner of the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year award for 1975

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