Saturday, December 9, 2017

Today in Country Music History...December 9, 2017

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2014
Arista releases Carrie Underwood's two-disc compilation "Greatest Hits: Decade #1"
2009
The Zac Brown Band performs "Chicken Fried," "Toes" and "Margaritaville" with Jimmy Buffett as they shoot an installment of "CMT Crossroads" at The Factory in Franklin, Tennessee
2005
The gay cowboy movie "Brokeback Mountain" opens in theaters. It features music by Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Steve Earle and Linda Ronstadt, plus Roger Miller's "King Of The Road," Tammy Wynette's "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" and Merle Haggard's "I'm Always On A Mountain When I Fall"
2004
CMT premieres Craig Morgan's "That's What I Love About Sunday" video and Billy Dean's "Let Them Be Little"
2003
Toby Keith's album "Shock'n Y'all" goes gold, platinum and double-platinum
1996
Faron Young shoots himself in the head in Nashville, apparently distraught over his slumping career. He dies a day later
1995
Alan Jackson's rendition of "Tall, Tall Trees" gets planted at #1 on the Billboard country chart. The song is written by two members of the Country Music Hall of Fame: George Jones and Roger Miller
1989
Garth Brooks nabs his first #1 country single: "If Tomorrow Never Comes"
1980
The "Theme From The Dukes Of Hazzard (Good Ol' Boys)" earns a gold single from the RIAA for Waylon Jennings
1968
Merle Haggard records "Hungry Eyes" and "Silver Wings" at the Capitol Recording Studios in Los Angeles

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