December 13 – This Day on Country Music

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1951
After on-going back problems, Hank Williams underwent a “spine fusion” operation at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville.

1954
Born on this day in Orlando, Florida, was John Anderson, country music artist who has charted more than 40 singles on the Billboard country music charts, including five #1’s, “Wild and Blue”, “Swingin'”, “Black Sheep”, “Straight Tequila Night”, and “Money in the Bank”. He has also recorded twenty-two studio albums on several labels.

1972
“Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'” by Charley Pride was at #1 on the US Country charts. The song has since become one of his signature tunes and became his eighth country #1 hit. Both George Jones and Alan Jackson have covered the song.

1981
Country singer Johnny Paycheck was arrested on a sex charge only minutes after giving a free concert for 1,200 inmates at the Missouri State Penitentiary. He was charged with having sex with a 12 year-old girl and later released on $10,000 bond.

1989
Born on this day in Reading, Pennsylvania, was Taylor Alison Swift, singer, songwriter, musicican, named by Billboard as most financially successful music artist of 2011, with net earnings of more than $35 million. Her debut single ‘Tim McGraw’ released in June 2006, peaked at #6 on the US Country chart. Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee at the age of fourteen to pursue a career in country music and became the youngest songwriter ever hired by the Sony/ATV Music publishing house.