Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Today in Country Music History...December 20, 2017

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Little Jimmy Dickens performs "Out Behind The Barn" in what turns out to be his final appearance on the Grand Ole Opry

Carrie Underwood gets engaged to Ottawa Senators hockey player Mike Fisher at his home in Ontario

Kristen Hall parts ways with Sugarland bandmates Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush

Gary Allan's "Songs About Rain" video debuts on CMT

A new sign is erected in the Mountain State: "Glen Dale, West Virginia--Home Of Brad Paisley, Member Of The Grand Ole Opry"

Eddy Arnold receives a National Medal of Arts from president Bill Clinton in a ceremony at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. Other recipients include poet Maya Angelou, pop singer Barbra Streisand and dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov

With help from songwriter Steve Wariner, Garth Brooks slogs to #1 on the Billboard chart with "Longneck Bottle"

Randy Travis joins the Grand Ole Opry, introduced by Ricky Skaggs. He performs "Diggin' Up Bones"

Johnny Cash checks into the Betty Ford Center to prevent an addiction to painkillers administered during a recent hospital stay. He stays at the center for six weeks and is assigned to kitchen duty for three of them. Elizabeth Taylor is also in treatment

Fiddler Rob Hajacos is born in Richmond, Virginia. He becomes one of Nashville's most in-demand players, working sessions by Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn and Reba McEntire, among others

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