Saturday, December 30, 2017

Today in Country Music History...December 30, 2017

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Luke Bryan's concert at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas includes a surprise guest: Lionel Richie, who joins Bryan to perform The Commodores' "Oh No"

Eric Paslay gets engaged to publishing executive Natalie Harker

Neal McCoy joins Wayne Newton and comedian Drew Carey to entertain American troops at the Kandahar Airport in Afghanistan, part of the USO's Deliver America Tour

Gary Morris' run in a New York production of the opera "La Boheme" concludes at the Anspacher Theater after 2-1/2 months

Brenda Lee suffers a minor eye injury and has her hair singed when she tries unsuccessfully to rescue her poodle, CeeCee, from a house fire in Nashville. Lee's nine-room home, valued at $37,000, is destroyed along with $25,000 worth of clothing

Suzy Bogguss is born in Aledo, Illinois. She earns respect for her easy-going vocal skills and adept song selection in the 1990s, gaining thoughtful hits with "Outbound Plane," "Just Like The Weather," "Aces" and "Letting Go"

Lefty Frizzell makes his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, singing "If You've Got The Money I've Got The Time" and "I Love You A Thousand Ways"

Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys appear on the Grand Ole Opry, causing a stir when Monte Mountjoy's drum set is moved onto the stage at the last minute. Drums were previously not allowed. Their first number is "New San Antonio Rose"

Singer/songwriter John Hartford is born in New York. The multi-instrumentalist works primarily in bluegrass throughout his career, though he creates a pop and country standard by writing Glen Campbell's "Gentle On My Mind"

Skeeter Davis is born in Dry Ridge, Kentucky. She earns her first hit as a 1953 duet partner of Betty Jack Davis, who dies in a car accident. Skeeter goes on to Grand Ole Opry membership and a solo career that peaks with the 1962 crossover single "The End Of The World"

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