Thursday, December 21, 2017

Today in Country Music History...December 21, 2017

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"Who's Your Daddy?" lands Toby Keith at #1 on the Billboard country chart

Josh Turner makes his Grand Ole Opry debut, performing "Long Black Train"

George Strait's "The Chair" sits at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart

Singer/songwriter Eric Gunderson is born in Charlotte, North Carolina. He becomes an original member of Love And Theft, a harmony-laden act that earns hits as a trio with 2009's "Runaway" and as a duo with 2011's "Angel Eyes"

Willie Nelson makes his film debut with the opening of "The Electric Horseman," also starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. It includes Nelson's hits "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys" and "Midnight Rider"

Brad Warren is born in Tampa, Florida. He joins sibling Brett Warren to form The Warren Brothers, who pick up a nomination from the Academy of Country Music in 2001. They co-write Toby Keith's "Red Solo Cup," Jason Aldean's "Lights Come On" and Tim McGraw & Taylor Swift's "Highway Don't Care"

The Marty Robbins western classic "El Paso" takes over the top spot on the Billboard country singles chart

Lee Roy Parnell is born in Abilene, Texas. The singer/slide guitarist combines country and blues to yield a soulful series of recordings in the 1990s, including "Love Without Mercy," "On The Road" and "What Kind Of Fool Do You Think I Am"

Hank Williams records "Cold, Cold Heart" and "Dear John" during an evening session at the Castle Studio in downtown Nashville

Freddie Hart is born in Lochapoka, Alabama. A songwriter who pens hits for Porter Wagoner, Carl Smith and George Jones, he earns his largest acclaim as an artist with "Easy Loving," the Country Music Association's Song of the Year in 1971 and '72

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