December 15 – This Day in Country Music

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1944
Hank Williams married Audrey Sheppard, their son, Randall Hank Williams, who would achieve fame in his own right as Hank Williams, Jr., was born on May 26, 1949. The marriage ended in divorce on May 29, 1952.

1975
Tammy Wynette recored “‘Til I Can Make It on My Own” at Columbia Recording, Nashville, Tennessee. The song became Wynette’s fifteenth #1 on the country charts. Wynette noted on multiple occasions that the song was her personal favorite of all that she had written or recorded.

1982
The Clint Eastwood, produced and directed, film Honkytonk Man was released. Set in the Great Depression, the film which stars Eastwood with his son, Kyle Eastwood was loosely based on the life of Country music legend Jimmie Rodgers.

1990
George Strait was at #1 on the US Country charts with, “I’ve Come to Expect It from You”, a song written by Buddy Cannon and Dean Dillon.

2018
Country music songwriter Jerry Chestnut died in Nashville at the age of 87. His hits include “Good Year for the Roses” (recorded by Alan Jackson, George Jones and Elvis Costello) and “T-R-O-U-B-L-E” (recorded by Elvis Presley in 1975, and Travis Tritt in 1992.)