Saturday, December 23, 2017

Today in Country Music History...December 23, 2017

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Kenny Rogers plays the final Christmas concert of his career in Westbury, New York, joined by opening act Linda Davis on "Baby, It's Cold Outside" and "We've Got Tonight." He chips in a few of his solo hits, including "The Gambler," "Lucille" and "Coward Of The County"

Garth Brooks visits the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia, to see a woman and her 13-year-old boy who are recovering from an accident. Brooks leaves the teen a guitar

Sugarland collects a #1 country single in Billboard with "Want To"

The movie "Transamerica," starring Felicity Huffman, opens in scattered theaters. The soundtrack features Dolly Parton, Jim Lauderdale, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Old Crow Medicine Show, Lucinda Williams and bluegrass artist Larry Sparks

Craig Morgan delivers an acoustic set in Kuwait, the first concert in a Middle East tour for American G.I.s during the holiday season

Wynonna Judd has her first baby--Elijah, sired by boyfriend Arch Kelley--at Nashville's Baptist Hospital. As a result, Naomi Judd becomes a grandma

Merle Haggard records "The Fightin' Side Of Me" in Los Angeles at the Capitol Recording Studios

Willie Nelson's home in Ridgetop, Tennessee, burns while he's in Nashville at a Christmas party. When Nelson sees the house in flames, he runs in to rescue his guitar, Trigger, and a bag of marijuana stashed inside the case

Epic releases Tammy Wynette's album "Stand By Your Man"

Drummer Buddy Harman is born in Nashville. A member of the so-called "A-Team" of session musicians, his credits include The Everly Brothers' "Bye Bye Love," Loretta Lynn's "Coal Miner's Daughter" and Patsy Cline's "Crazy," among others

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