Monday, December 11, 2017

Today in Country Music History...December 11, 2017

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Sugarland performs "Stuck Like Glue" during the Nobel Peace Prize concert at the Spektrum Arena in Oslo, Norway, sharing the bill with David Gray and Jill Scott

Garth Brooks performs the first concert in a five-year deal with Wynn Las Vegas, kicking off the show with "Mama Tried." Also in the set list: "Friends In Low Places," "The Dance" and "If Tomorrow Never Comes"

Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood join CeCe Winans, Ciara and The Click Five to perform for president George W. Bush at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. The concert becomes a TNT special, "Christmas In Washington"

Diamond Rio shoots its "I Believe" video in Nashville, coinciding with lead singer Marty Roe's 20th wedding anniversary

Brad Paisley realizes his first #1 single in Billboard with "He Didn't Have To Be"

Hank Williams Jr. has his first recording session, at age 14, in Nashville. The session features some of his father's songs: "You Win Again," "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Cold, Cold Heart" and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"

Hank Thompson records "The Wild Side Of Life" and "Waiting In The Lobby Of Your Heart" during the evening at the Capitol Studios on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles

Hank Williams has his first recording session, for Sterling Records, at the WSM Studios in Nashville, backed by The Willis Brothers and bass player Chuck Wright. Among the songs recorded is "Never Again (Will I Knock On Your Door)"

Record producer Tony Brown is born in Greensboro, North Carolina. After working as Elvis Presley's piano player in the 1970s, he oversees hits by Vince Gill, George Strait, Wynonna Judd and Reba McEntire, among others

Brenda Lee is born at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Little Miss Dynamite becomes a major pop artist as a teenager in the 1960s but shifts into country music in the 1970s. She ends up in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1997

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