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November 26

Hawkshaw Hawkins married Jean Shepard on stage at The Forum in Wichita, Kansas in 1960. Hawkins’ best man: Capitol executive, record producer and future Country Hall of Fame member Ken Nelson.

Columbia released Lefty Frizzell’s Saginaw, Michigan in 1963.

Glen Campbell recorded Galveston at Los Angeles’ Capitol Recording Studios in 1968.

MCA released Olivia Newton-John’s Let Me Be There album in 1973.

In 1974 Merle Haggard recorded Always Wanting You, a song he wrote about Dolly Parton, at the Jack Clement Studios in Nashville. Fun Fact: Louise Mandrell provided backing vocals.

Opryland Hotel opened on Briley Parkway in 1977 with 600 rooms. In its first decade, the hotel would use more than 17,000,000 eggs and spend $10,000-a-year on light bulbs.

The first Christmas At Twitty City began in 1982. Twitty sat on Santa’s lap, then headed off for a show in Fayetteville, NC.

Intersound released NFL Country in 1998, an improbable album pairing country singers with football stars. Among the duets: Kenny Chesney with the Indianapolis Colts’ Peyton Manning, and Jo Dee Messina with the Green Bay Packers’ Brett Favre.


Maggie Sue Wimberly was born in Muscle Shoals, AL in 1946. Using the stage name Sue Richards, she recorded frequently during the 1970s but earned her biggest hits as a songwriter for Tammy Wynette, Narvel Felts and Jody Miller & Johnny Paycheck.

Linda Davis was born in Dodson, TX in 1962. Her 1993 pairing with Reba McEntire on Does He Love You earned a Grammy. Linda earned a solo hit in 1996 with Some Things Are Meant To Be. Davis’ daughter, Hillary Scott, co-founds Lady A.

Joe Nichols was born in Rogers, AR in 1976. Starting in 2002, he became one of the first new stars of the century, scoring Grammy nominations and earning hits with The Impossible, Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off, Sunny And 75. We love artists who love to have fun. It’s obvious Joe’s a fun fella…