Born on this day was the acclaimed early country and folk music performer Samantha Bumgarner from Dillsboro, North Carolina. In 1924, accompanied by guitarist Eva Davis, she traveled to New York City and recorded about a dozen songs for Columbia Records. The recordings are also notable for being the first use of a 5-string banjo on a recording. She died on December 24, 1960.
Born on this day in Uvalde, Texas, was Dale Evans, film star and singer-songwriter. She was the third wife of singing cowboy Roy Rogers. From 1951 to 1957, Evans and her husband starred in the highly successful television series The Roy Rogers Show, in which they continued their cowboy and cowgirl roles, with her riding her trusty buckskin horse, Buttermilk. She died on February 7, 2001 aged 88.
"Always Late (with Your Kisses)" co-written and recorded by Lefty Frizzell was at #1 on the Country charts. The song which spent 13 weeks at the top of the charts has also been recorded by Merle Haggard and Dwight Yoakam.
Buck Owens was at #1 on the Country singles chart with “Love’s Gonna Live Here”, which spent sixteen weeks at the top spot and a total of thirty weeks on the chart. After "Love's Gonna Live Here" finished its 16-week stay, no other song would spend more than 10 weeks at #1 for 49 years.
Born on this day in Memphis, Tennessee, was Darryl Worley, country music artist whose six albums have produced 18 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including three #1’s: "I Miss My Friend", "Have You Forgotten?", and "Awful, Beautiful Life", from 2002, 2003 and 2004–2005, respectively. "Have You Forgotten?" spent seven weeks at #1. Nine other singles have reached the Top 40.
Charley Pride was at #1 on the Country chart with "Never Been So Loved (In All My Life)" a song written by Wayland Holyfield and Norro Wilson. The first single from his Greatest Hits album it became Charley Pride's twenty-fifth #1 single on the country chart.
American country music singer, songwriter Liz Anderson died aged 84. She received two Grammy Award nominations in 1967, for "Best Female Country Vocal Performance" for her Top 5 hit, the self-penned "Mama Spank" and with Bobby Bare and Norma Jean for "Best Country Vocal - Group" for another top 5 hit "The Game of Triangles". Anderson also wrote many of the early hits for her daughter, Lynn Anderson.