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December 21

Hank Williams recorded Cold, Cold Heart and Dear John during an evening session at the Castle Studio in downtown Nashville in 1950.

After giving Colonel Tom Parker a red sports car for Christmas, Elvis Presley went to the Grand Ole Opry in a tuxedo in 1957. He took pictures with Brenda Lee, Johnny Cash, Hank Snow, Ray Price and Faron Young, and then went on stage to wave to the audience.

Elvis Presley receives a narcotics agent badge from Richard Nixon while giving the president a World War II Colt .45 during a meeting in the Oval Office in 1970.

The Robert Redford movie Jeremiah Johnson, opened in New York City in 1972. It features a small uncredited part for Tanya Tucker.

Willie Nelson made his film debut with the opening of The Electric Horseman in 1979. The film also starred Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. It includes Nelson’s hits My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys and Midnight Rider.

Three armed intruders broke into Johnny Cash’s home in Jamaica in 1981. They took $35,000 in cash and jewelry, plus a car and the evening meal. During the robbery, they held a gun to the head of Cash’s son, John Carter, then locked the family in the wine cellar.

Musician and comedian Harold Morrison died in 1993. He appeared on many of Loretta Lynn’s shows and played on her hits Fist City, Happy Birthday and Blue Kentucky Girl.


Floyd Taylor “Lightnin"” Chance was born in Como, MS in 1925. He played bass on classics like Faron Young’s Hello Walls, The Everly Brothers’ Bye Bye Love and Hank Williams’ Your Cheatin’ Heart.

Freddie Hart was born in Lochapoka, AL in 1926. A songwriter who penned hits for Porter Wagoner, Carl Smith and George Jones, he earned his largest acclaim as an artist with Easy Loving, the Country Music Association’s Song of the Year in 1971 and ’72.

Lee Roy Parnell was born in Abilene, TX in 1956. The singer-slide guitarist continues to combine country and blues. He had hits in the 1990s, including Love Without Mercy, On The Road and What Kind Of Fool Do You Think I Am.

Christy Forester was born in Fort Oglethorpe, GA in 1962. She joined her siblings to form The Forester Sisters. Their blend of country and gospel harmonies brought 15 hits from 1985-1991, including I Fell In Love Again Last Night, You Again and Men.