December 9 – This Day in Country Music

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1932
Born on this day in Boone County, West Virginia, was Billy “Edd” Wheeler, American songwriter, performer, and writer. He has written songs performed by over 90 different artists including Judy Collins, Jefferson Airplane, Bobby Darin, The Kingston Trio, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Kenny Rogers, Hazel Dickens, and Elvis Presley. With Roger Bowling he co-wote “Coward of the County” a hit for Kenny Rogers.

1935
Born on this day, in Bossier City in northwestern Louisiana, was David Houston, country music singer. His peak in popularity came between the mid-1960s through the early 1970s, scoring 7 hits including the 1970 US #1 hit Baby, Baby (I Know You’re a Lady). Houston died on November 30, 1993.

1955
Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash kicked off an eleven date tour of the Southern US states in Abilene, Texas.

1956
Born on this day in Kokomo, Indiana, was Sylvia Jane Kirby, country music singer and songwriter. More commonly known by the singular name Sylvia, she enjoyed crossover music success with the song “Nobody” in 1982.

1968
During recording sessions at Capitol Recording Studios in Los Angeles, Merle Haggard recorded “Hungry Eyes” which was featured on his 1969 album A Portrait of Merle Haggard and when released as a single became a Country #1 and one of the most famous of his career.

1995
Alan Jackson was at #1 on the Country charts with his version of “Tall, Tall Trees”. Written by George Jones and Roger Miller, both singers recorded their own versions: Jones on his 1958 album Long Live King George, and Miller on his 1970 cover album A Trip in the Country.

2005
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood married at their home in Oklahoma. It was Brooks’ second marriage, and Yearwood’s third. Brooks proposed marriage in front of 7,000 fans in Bakersfield, California on May 25, 2005.