December 28 – This Day in Country Music

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1952
Hank Williams played at a private Musicians Union benefit held at the Elite Cafe Montgomery. The last known photo of Hank alive was taken at this show. Hank perfomed “Jambalaya,” “You Win Again,” “Cold Cold Heart” and “Lovesick Blues.”

1958
Born on this day in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was Joe Diffie, country music singer known for his ballads and novelty songs. Diffie has scored five #1 singles: “Home”, “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)”, “Third Rock from the Sun”, “Pickup Man” and “Bigger Than the Beatles”. He’s also co-wrotten singles for Holly Dunn, Tim McGraw and Jo Dee Messina, as well as recording with Mary Chapin Carpenter and George Jones.

1960
Born on this day in Washington, DC, was Marcus Hummon, country music artist. Hummon has co-written songs for many country music artists, including Top 40 singles for Tim McGraw, Wynonna Judd, and Alabama, as well as three #1 country hits: “Cowboy Take Me Away” by Dixie Chicks, “Born to Fly” by Sara Evans, and “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts.

1971
Charley Pride was at #1 on the Country singles chart with “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'” his eighth song to reach the top of the country charts. The song has since become one of his signature tunes.

1990
George Strait was at #1 on the US Country charts with, “I’ve Come to Expect It from You”, a song written by Buddy Cannon and Dean Dillon.

1993
Shania Twain married music producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange. The couple divorced in 2010 after Lange allegedly had an affair with Twain’s best friend, Marie-Anne Thiebaud. On December 20, 2010, Twain’s manager confirmed that Twain was engaged to Frederic Thiebaud (the Swiss ex-husband of her former best friend).

2010
Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman have a daughter, Faith Margaret Kidman Urban, born through a surrogate mother at Nashville’s Centennial Medical Centre.

2017
Chris Stapleton was at #1 on the Country album chart with From A Room: Volume 2 his third studio album. The album later received a nomination for Best Country Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, with the single “Millionaire” being nominated for Best Country Solo Performance.