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December 7

Marty Robbins recorded a remake of Elvis Presley’s That’s All Right during an evening session at Nashville’s Castle Studio in 1954.

The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941. It ties to country music as Tennessee Ernie Ford, worked as a disc jockey at WORL and became the first person to inform Knoxville of the tragedy.

Gene Autry was approved by the American League as the owner of a new Southern California baseball team in 1960. Autry paid $2.45 million to establish the franchise and named the team the Angels. 

A Merry Memphis Christmas aired on CBS-TV in 1982, featuring Johnny Cash, June Carter, Rosanne Cash, Eddie Rabbitt, Crystal Gayle, songwriter Jack Clement and gospel group The Mighty Clouds Of Joy.

Johnny Cash: Christmas On The Road aired on CBS-TV in 1984. Shot in Montreux, Switzerland, it featured Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Jessi Colter and June Carter.

Columbia released Ricky Van Shelton’s Life Turned Her That Way on December 7, 1987.

Reba McEntire’s For My Broken Heart topped the Billboard country singles chart in 1991.

Willie Nelson’s On The Road Again, Hank Williams’ Lovesick Blues, Fats Domino’s Walking To New Orleans and Bob Wills’ Steel Guitar Rag were announced as new additions to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010.

Songwriter Don Pfrimmer died from leukemia at his home in Nashville in 2015. Among the many hits he authored is Diamond Rio’s Meet In The Middle, Ronnie Milsap’s She Keeps The Home Fires Burning and Lonestar’s My Front Porch Looking In.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Bobby Osborne was born in Hyden, KY in 1931. With younger sibling Sonny, The Osborne Brothers became a major bluegrass duo, joining the Grand Ole Opry in 1964 and developing their signature song Rocky Top.

Gary Morris was born in Fort Worth, TX in 1948. A considerably talented singer, he piles up a string of hits that includes The Wind Beneath My Wings and Baby Bye Bye beginning in 1980 before branching into night-time soaps and Broadway.

Sunny Sweeney was born in Houston, TX in 1976. She walks a line between traditional and modern country, netting a hit in 2011 with From A Table Away.