December 26 – This Day in Country Music

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1958
Johnny Cash topped a country and western concert at the Showboat Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada; also appearing on the same bill were Tex Ritter and the Sons of the Pioneers.

1968
Glen Campbell was at #1 on the US Country chart with “Wichita Lineman”. Jimmy Webb’s inspiration for the lyrics came while driving through Washita County in northern Oklahoma. Webb was driving through an endless litany of telephone poles, each looking exactly the same as the last. Then, in the distance, he noticed the silhouette of a solitary lineman atop a pole. Webb then “put himself atop that pole and put that phone in his hand” as he considered what the lineman was saying into the receiver.

1982
Roger Bowling, Nashville based songwriter died. His best known songs included “Lucille” (co-written with Hal Bynum), and “Coward of the County” (co-written with Billy Ed Wheeler), both recorded by Kenny Rogers, and “Blanket on the Ground”, “What I’ve Got In Mind”, and “57 Chevrolet”, which were recorded by Billie Jo Spears.

1996
Johnny Cash was hailed on CBS-TV’s The Kennedy Center Honors, featuring Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson and Lyle Lovett.

2000
Tim McGraw was at #1 on the US Country chart with “My Next Thirty Years”, the fifth and final single from McGraw’s A Place in the Sun album.