Saturday, December 9, 2017

Today in Country Music History...December 9, 2017

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Arista releases Carrie Underwood's two-disc compilation "Greatest Hits: Decade #1"
The Zac Brown Band performs "Chicken Fried," "Toes" and "Margaritaville" with Jimmy Buffett as they shoot an installment of "CMT Crossroads" at The Factory in Franklin, Tennessee
The gay cowboy movie "Brokeback Mountain" opens in theaters. It features music by Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Steve Earle and Linda Ronstadt, plus Roger Miller's "King Of The Road," Tammy Wynette's "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" and Merle Haggard's "I'm Always On A Mountain When I Fall"
CMT premieres Craig Morgan's "That's What I Love About Sunday" video and Billy Dean's "Let Them Be Little"
Toby Keith's album "Shock'n Y'all" goes gold, platinum and double-platinum
Faron Young shoots himself in the head in Nashville, apparently distraught over his slumping career. He dies a day later
Alan Jackson's rendition of "Tall, Tall Trees" gets planted at #1 on the Billboard country chart. The song is written by two members of the Country Music Hall of Fame: George Jones and Roger Miller
Garth Brooks nabs his first #1 country single: "If Tomorrow Never Comes"
The "Theme From The Dukes Of Hazzard (Good Ol' Boys)" earns a gold single from the RIAA for Waylon Jennings
Merle Haggard records "Hungry Eyes" and "Silver Wings" at the Capitol Recording Studios in Los Angeles

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