December 22 – This Day in Country Music

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1948
Hank Williams went into E.T. Herzog Studio, Cincinatti Ohio and recorded various tracks including “There’ll Be No Teardrops Tonight”, “Lovesick Blues”, and “Lost On The River”.

1949
Born on this day in the Isle Of Man, England, was Robin Gibb, singer, songwritter and member of The Bee Gees. With his brothers he wrote “Islands in the Stream” which became a world-wide #1 hit for Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton in 1983. The Gibbs originally wrote the song for Marvin Gaye in an R&B style, only later to change it for the Kenny Rogers albumĀ Eyes That See In The Dark.

1959
Born on this day was Mark Bright American country music producer and songwriter. Bright has produced records and co-written songs for many artists including: Reba McEntire, Sara Evans, Scotty McCreery, Lonestar, Peter Cetera, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban.

1986
George Strait released “Ocean Front Property” which gave him his tenth US #1 Country hit. It was released as the first single and title track from his album of the same name.

1998
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts honored Willie Nelson for his lifetime contributions to the arts. Nelson became the first primarily country performer so honored.

2006
Dennis Linde, died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center aged 63. He was best known for writing the 1972 Elvis Presley hit, “Burning Love”. Linde also wrote numerous hit songs for mainly country music singers, beginning with hits for Roger Miller and Roy Drusky in 1970. In 2000, his song for Dixie Chicks, “Goodbye Earl”, stirred some controversy for its take on spousal abuse. Linde also wrote tunes that were recorded by Tanya Tucker, Gary Morris, Don Williams, The Judds, Alan Jackson, Mark Chesnutt and Garth Brooks.