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December 10

The WSM Barn Dance officially became The Grand Ole Opry in 1927.

Soul singer Sam Cooke was shot and killed at Los Angeles’ Hacienda Motel in 1964. Two of his songs are later remade as country hits: Bring It On Home To Me, by Mickey Gilley; and Good Times, by Dan Seals.

Soul singer Otis Redding was killed in a plane crash near Madison, WI in 1967. Just a month later, (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay became his biggest recording. The song is later remade as a country hit by Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson.

Capitol released the Bob Seger pop and country crossover hit Shame On The Moon in 1982. The song was written by Rodney Crowell.

Johnny Cash made his debut on The Louisiana Hayride in 1955, singing Hey Porter and Luther Played The Boogie.

Capitol released Sonny James’ Young Love in 1956. The flip side, You’re The Reason I’m In Love, was successful too.

Red Foley was indicted on charges of income tax evasion in 1959, covering the years 1954 and 1955. After two trials, he was eventually found not guilty.

Faron Young died in 1996 at Summit Medical Center in Nashville, one day after shooting himself in the head. As one of country music’s most influential and colorful stars, the “Hillbilly Heartthrob” had Top 40 hits spanning decades – including If You Ain’t Lovin’ (You Ain’t Livin’), Country Girl, It’s Four In the Mornin’ and Hello Walls.

Happy Anniversary to Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood! The country music power couple married at their home in Owasso, OK in 2005.


Songwriter Eddie Miller was born in Camargo, OK in 1919. His credits include: Ray Price’s Release Me, Marty Stuart’s Burn Me Down, Eddy Arnold’s After Loving You and Ernest Tubb’s Thanks A Lot.

Steel guitarist Roy Ayres was born in Columbus, MS in 1929. He joins Pee Wee King’s Golden West Cowboys, playing on the hits Slow Poke, Bonaparte’s Retreat and Tennessee Waltz, among others.

Johnny Rodriguez WAs born in Sabinal, TX in 1951. He became country music’s first mainstream star of Hispanic descent, emerging out of Tom T. Hall’s band in 1972. He recorded numerous songs in Spanglish, with a line of hits that stretched from 1972-1983.

Kevin Sharp was born in Redding, CA in 1970. He emerged in country music in 1996 with a remake of the pop ballad Nobody Knows, five years after a doctor gave him a cancer-related death sentence. Sharp’s debut album netted two additional hits.