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December 26

A man threatening to kill Waylon Jennings broke into J.D.’s in Phoenix after hours and forced the Waylors to lie on the floor. He was killed while running from police in 1968.

Rose Garden brought Lynn Anderson her first #1 single on the Billboard country chart on this date in 1970.

Alabama’s Love In The First Degree topped the Billboard country singles chart in 1981.

Songwriter Roger Bowling was found dead on the couch at his home in Rabun County, GA in 1982. Bowling wrote Kenny Rogers’ Lucille and Coward Of The County.

Highway 101 scored a #1 single with Somewhere Tonight in 1987.

Vince Gill’s Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away hit #1 on the Billboard country singles chart in 1992.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Dobro player Beecher Kirby was born in Sevier County, TN in 1911. Under the name Bashful Brother Oswald, he became a key member of Roy Acuff’s Smoky Mountain Boys, and eventually joined the Grand Ole Opry as a solo act in 1995.

Keyboard player Bob Carpenter was born in Philadelphia in 1946. As a member of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band beginning in 1978, he was with them when they reached their commercial peak in the 1980s. You can hear his work on songs like, Fishin’ In The Dark and Modern Day Romance.

Banjo player Alan O’Bryant was born in Reidsville, NC in 1955. A member of The Nashville Bluegrass Band, he wrote Those Memories Of You, a 1987 hit for Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris.