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December 18

Bill Anderson recorded Still in 1962. It became a crossover hit for him reaching #1 on the country charts and #8 on the pop chart.

Warner/Viva released David Frizzell & Shelly West’s debut single, You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma on this date in 1980.

Alabama recorded She And I in 1985. Dave Loggins filled in on harmonies for Jeff Cook, who was out of the country on vacation.

Dwight Yoakam did an interview with Rolling Stone in 1986. He said much of what’s called country exceeds the genre’s limits, “which is perfectly acceptable. Just don’t call it country, because we confuse the issue for that kid who’s never heard real country music. That pisses me off” 

Joe Diffie recorded Honky Tonk Attitude on this date in 1992.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Guitarist Keith Richards was born in Dartford, England in 1943. With The Rolling Stones, he performs on their 1964 single It’s All Over Now, which John Anderson remade as a country hit in 1985. Richards also recorded with George Jones in 1994.

Record executive Joe Galante was born in Queens, New York in 1949. Heading RCA Records’ Nashville office beginning in 1982, he had a major influence on the careers of Alabama, The Judds, Clint Black and Martina McBride, among others.

Comedian Ron White was born in Fritch, TX in 1956. “Tater Salad” became a member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, scoring a Top 10 country album.

Comedian Cledus T. Judd was born in Crowe Springs, GA in 1964. He began his recording career in the 1990s with musical satires, turning David Ball’s Thinkin’ Problem into Stinkin’ Problem and remaking Tim McGraw’s Indian Outlaw as Indian In-Laws.