Monday, December 25, 2017

Today in Country Music History...December 25, 2017

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Kelsea Ballerini gets engaged to Australian singer/songwriter Morgan Evans

Dierks Bentley and his wife, Cassidy, welcome their second daughter, Jordan Bentley

Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley gets engaged to music publicist Cassie McConnell

"Some Beach" garners a #1 single in Billboard for Blake Shelton

Faith Hill begins a six-week stay at #1 on the Billboard country chart with "Breathe"

Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers Band perform "Broken Lady" and "Statues Without Hearts" as they join the Grand Ole Opry

Decca releases The Osborne Brothers' "Rocky Top"

Steve Wariner is born in Noblesville, Indiana. The singer/songwriter/guitarist arrives in Nashville as Dottie West's bass player at age 17, acquiring a recording contract in 1978 which yields a string of smooth singles that stretches more than two decades

Barbara Mandrell is born in Houston, Texas. She wins the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year award twice while hosting the "Barbara Mandrell & The Mandrell Sisters" TV show, ultimately joining the Country Music Hall of Fame

Singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett is born in Mobile, Alabama. With a devout following of Parrot Heads, he combines pop, country and Caribbean influences, gaining a country hit with "Margaritaville" in 1977 and returning to the genre with several collaborations 30 years later

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