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.

1969
Johnny Cash appeared at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The concert was recorded and released as an album in 2002 (making it his 86th overal album release).

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.

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.