December 1 – This day in Country Music

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1954
Fred Rose an American Hall of Fame songwriter and music publishing executive died. Along with Hank Williams and the “Father of Country Music”, Jimmie Rodgers, Fred Rose was one of the three charter members of the Country Music Hall of Fame when it opened in 1961. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985.

1964
Buck Owens recorded “I’ve Got A Tiger By The Tail” and “Cryin’ Time” during recording sessions at the Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California. Owens later said he got the idea for “I’ve Got A Tiger By The Tail” after seeing an Esso gas station sign with the company’s slogan at the time, “Put a tiger in your tank.”

1972
Charley Pride was at #1 on the Country charts with “She’s Too Good to Be True”. Written by written by Johnny Duncan, it became Pride’s tenth #1 single.

1983
Kenny Rogers was at #1 on the Country charts with his eleventh solo studio album Eyes That See in the Dark. The album features “Islands in the Stream” written by Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb from the Bee Gees, (whose title is taken from the Ernest Hemingway novel), which became a #1 hit for Rogers and Parton.

1994
George Strait was at the top of the US Country charts with his fifteenth studio album Lead On. The album includes the singles “The Big One”, “You Can’t Make a Heart Love Somebody”, “Lead On”, and “Adalida”, which all became top 10 hits.

2012
Shania: Still the One by Canadian singer-songwriter Shania Twain started a 91 show residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 91 shows grossed $31,879,697 at the box office.