December 23 – This Day in Country Music

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1928
Born on this day in Nashville, Tennessee, was Buddy Harman who as a session musician played drums on over 18,000 sessions for artists such as Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Brenda Lee, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Roy Orbison, Chet Atkins, Marty Robbins, Roger Miller, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Kenny Rogers, Merle Haggard, Reba McEntire, and many more. He died on August 21, 2008.

1969
Merle Haggard recorded “The Fightin’ Side Of Me” in Los Angeles at the Capitol Recording Studios. The following, “The Fightin’ Side of Me” was nominated for Song of the Year and Single of the Year by the Country Music Association.

1974
John Denver was at #1 on the US country album chart with Back Home Again. The multi-platinum album contained the hit singles “Annie’s Song”, “Back Home Again” and “Sweet Surrender”. In addition, the studio version of “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” appeared on this album.

1981
While Johnny Cash and his family were sitting down to enjoy their evening meal, three armed intruders broke into their Montego Bay home. Johnny and his family were all locked in a cellar and over $35,000 worth of items were stolen during the robbery. All were unharmed during the ordeal.

2003
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts honored Loretta Lynn for her lifetime contributions to the arts.