December 21 – This Day in Country Music

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1926
Born on this day, was Freddie Hart, country musician and songwriter best-known for his #1 hit “Easy Loving,” which won the Country Music Association Song of the Year award in 1971 and 1972. He died on October 27th 2018 age 91.

1950
During recording sessions at Castle Studio, Nashville, Hank Williams record “Cold Cold Heart”, “Dear John”, “Just Waiting” and “Men With Broken Hearts”.

1956
Born on this day in Abilene, Texas, was Lee Roy Parnell, country music and blues artist, singer, songwriter. His highest-charting hits are “What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am” (1992), “Tender Moment” (1993), and “A Little Bit of You” (1995), all of which peaked at #2.

1968
Glen Campbell topped the US album chart with Wichita Lineman. Although the LP would stay on the chart for 46 weeks, it would be Campbell’s only #1 album.

1973
Charlie Rich was at #1 on the US country album chart with Behind Closed Doors. The album received three Country Music Association awards: Best Male Vocalist, Album of the Year, and Single of the Year, for the title song which gave the singer his first #1 hit.

1979
The Electric Horseman, starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, had its premiere. Willie Nelson was a supporting character in the film, and he also contributed to the movie’s soundtrack.