December 16 – This Day in Country Music

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1976
Born on this day was songwriter Andrew Dorff. He wrote the hits included Kenny Chesney’s “Save It for a Rainy Day” and Hunter Hayes “Somebody’s Heartbreak.” Dorff’s other major cuts were Martina McBride’s “Ride,” Blake Shelton’s “My Eyes” and “Neon Light,” Ronnie Dunn’s “Bleed Red,” Old Dominion’s “Shut Me Up,” Gary Allan’s “Kiss Me When I’m Down” and William Michael Morgan’s “Missing.” Dorff died on December 19, 2016.

2003
Singer songwriter Gary Stewart died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Stewart’s friends later told reporters that he was extremely despondent after the death of his wife the previous month. Stewart had scored the 1975 US #1 Country hit “She’s Actin’ Single (I’m Drinkin’ Doubles).”

2010
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood played the first two of nine concerts at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, the shows raised over $3.5 million for flood relief.

2013
Country music giant Ray Price died aged 87 at his ranch outside Mount Pleasant, Texas. Price, one of country music’s most popular and influential singers and bandleaders, had more than 100 hits and was one of the last living connections to Hank Williams.