Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Today in Country Music History...November 29, 2017

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2014
Luke Bryan's brother-in-law dies. Bryan postpones recording of his album "Kill The Lights," which was to begin in days, and moves his orphaned nephew, Tilden Cheshire, into the Bryans' home

2013
A new installment of "CMT Crossroads" debuts with The Band Perry and Fall Out Boy. They combine forces on "Better Dig Two," "Don't Let Me Be Lonely," "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)" and "DONE."

2010
Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles hosts the ABC special "CMA Country Christmas" with Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow, Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes, Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker and Little Big Town. Most of the cast hits the stage for the finale, "Jingle Bell Rock"

2008
Taylor Swift's "Fearless" rises to #1 on the Billboard country albums chart. It spends a total of 35 weeks in that position over the next 15 months

2006
Trick Pony performs at the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas. The show marks Heidi Newfield's final tour stop as a member of the trio

2001
Lee Ann Womack kicks off a unique Christmas tour in Sewell, New Jersey, performing with the Duke Ellington Orchestra

1994
Brooks & Dunn's "Brand New Man" becomes the first album by a country duo certified quadruple-platinum, while their album "Hard Workin' Man" goes triple-platinum

1961
The Grand Ole Opry comes to Carnegie Hall, with Patsy Cline, Grandpa Jones, Bill Monroe, Minnie Pearl, Marty Robbins, Jim Reeves, Faron Young and The Jordanaires. The performance benefits the Musicians' Aid Society. In the crowd: Jimmy Dean and comic Jack Benny

1959
"The Battle Of New Orleans" wins Song of the Year for composer Jimmy Driftwood and Best Country & Western Performance for Johnny Horton during the second annual Grammy Awards

1917
Merle Travis is born in Rosewood, Kentucky. He becomes an influential guitarist, records several late-1940s hits, and writes "Sixteen Tons" and "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)," earning membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame

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