December 5 – This Day in Country Music

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1963
Born on this day, was Ty England, American country music singer and guitarist. Initially a member of Garth Brooks’ band, England began his solo career in 1995, recording a self-titled debut album on RCA Records. A second album, Two Ways to Fall, followed in 1996. England has also charted six singles on the country charts. His highest-charting single was his debut single, “Should’ve Asked Her Faster”, a #3 hit in late 1995.

1978
The Charlie Daniels Band recorded “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” at Nashville’s Woodland Sound Studios. The track was later released on their 1979 album Million Mile Reflections and the song was the band’s biggest pop hit, reaching #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also featured in the 1980 movie Urban Cowboy.

1987
Country music record producer and entrepreneur Pappy Daily died. He co-founded the Texas-based record label Starday Records where he worked with George Jones, Melba Montgomery and Roger Miller. In the mid-1950s, when Starday signed up George Jones, Daily became a key figure in country music.

2000
The soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou? was released, which went on to win a Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 2002. Among the artists featured: Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski, The Whites, Gillian Welch, John Hartford, Ralph Stanley, The Cox Family and Norman Blake. The film written, directed and produced by the Coen Brothers starred George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, and John Goodman.

2010
A gala held in Washington, D.C. honored Merle Haggard with musical performances by Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Jamey Johnson, Kid Rock, Miranda Lambert and Brad Paisley.