Friday, December 29, 2017

Today in Country Music History...December 29, 2017

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Nashville's morning newspaper, The Tennessean, names Taylor Swift the Tennessean of the Year

Alan Jackson surprises Zac Brown at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena with a 1966 Cadillac El Dorado convertible. The automobile is a gift of thanks for including Jackson on "As She's Walking Away"

Alan Jackson's "Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)" spends the first of five weeks at #1 in Billboard

John Michael Montgomery suffers a compound fracture above the ankle when he slips on ice while hunting near his Kentucky home. He has a cast applied during surgery at Lexington's Central Baptist Hospital and uses it for the next eight months

Lorrie Morgan, Steve Winwood and Michael English perform at halftime during the first Music City Bowl at Dudley Field in Nashville, while guitarist Larry Carlton is booed for a jazz version of the national anthem. Virginia Tech defeats Alabama, 38-7

George Jones receives the first platinum album of his career, for "I Am What I Am"

Jessica Andrews is born in Huntingdon, Tennessee. Befriended early in her career by Faith Hill, she gains attention as a teenager for a contribution to the 1999 album "The Prince Of Egypt," then breaks out at age 17 with "Who I Am"

Jeanne Pruett records "Satin Sheets"

Capitol releases Merle Haggard's live album "Okie From Muskogee"

Ed Bruce is born in Keiser, Arkansas. The rich-voiced performer works as a vocalist, actor, commercial spokesman and songwriter. His writing credits include "Texas (When I Die)" and "Mammas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys"

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