Sunday, December 3, 2017

Today in Country Music History...December 3, 2017

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Darius Rucker sings "White Christmas" from New York City during NBC's annual "Christmas In Rockefeller Center," also featuring Trisha Yearwood and LeAnn Rimes. Also on the special are Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett, Cyndi Lauper and Idina Menzel

Lee Brice's "I Drive Your Truck" video debuts on CMT

Dolly Parton and Smokey Robinson are awarded Kennedy Center Honors in a Washington, D.C., event attended by president George W. Bush. Also recognized are Steven Spielberg and theatrical composer Andrew Lloyd Webber

Dierks Bentley's "Come A Little Closer" moves into the #1 position on the Billboard country singles chart

Toby Keith's "American Soldier" video debuts on CMT

Anne Murray's "A Little Good News" reaches #1 on the Billboard country singles chart

Dolly Parton's "Here You Come Again" begins a five-week ride at #1 in Billboard

Bob Wills holds what proves to be his final recording session at the Sumet-Burnet Studio in Dallas. He suffers a stroke during the night, and The Texas Playboys record the next day without him

Bass player Paul Gregg is born in Altus, Oklahoma. He joins Restless Heart, whose big, pop-tinged harmonies earn them a series of smooth country hits in the late-1980s and the Academy of Country Music's Top Vocal Group award in 1990

Ferlin Husky is born in Flat River, Missouri. His 1956 single "Gone" establishes the Nashville Sound. He also has a landmark with the gospel-themed "Wings Of A Dove" and enters the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010

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