December 8th: On this day
Born on this day, was Jack Stapp who was an influential country music manager. He co-wrote, with Harry Stone, the popular song "Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy." Stapp was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989.
Born on this day, was Floyd Tillman American country musician who, in the 1930s and 1940s, helped create the Western swing and honky tonk genres. Tillman was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1984. Tillman's only #1 song as a singer was "They Took the Stars Out of Heaven" which reached the top of the charts in 1944.
Born on this day in Canton, Ohio, was Dick Glasser, singer, songwriter, and record producer. His biggest hit as a songwriter was "Angels in the Sky." By the 1970s he was managing MGM Records' country music division in Nashville and there he produced C. W. McCall's #1 record "Convoy," a worldwide hit for the company.
Born on this day was Marty Raybon, singer, songwriter from Shenandoah who had the 1990 US Country #1 hit single with "Next to You, Next to Me." Before leaving Shenandoah in 1997, he and his brother Tim formed a duo known as the Raybon Brothers, which had crossover success that year with the hit single "Butterfly Kisses."
A Star Is Born was released in the US. The musical film told the story of a young woman, played by Barbra Streisand who enters show business, and meets and falls in love with an established male star, played by Kris Kristofferson, only to find her career ascending while his goes into decline. It won five Golden Globe Awards and the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Evergreen."
Marty Robbins, the American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist died of a heart attack. One of the most popular and successful country and Western singers of his era, Robbins released over 50 singles and 100 albums. In addition to his recordings, Robbins was an avid race car driver, competing in 35 career NASCAR races with six top 10 finishes, including the 1973 Firecracker 400. In 1967, Robbins played himself in the car racing film Hell on Wheels.
Born on this day in Cedartown, Georgia was Sam Hunt, songwriter and former college football player. He co-wrote Kenny Chesney's 2012 hit "Come Over" and Keith Urban's "Cop Car" and Billy Currington's "We Are Tonight". Hunt also scored the 2014 US Country #1 hit "Take Your Time."
Arista Records released Alan Jackson's first hit, "Here In The Real World", the title track from the Country singer songwriters debut album.
Roy Acuff became the first country artist recognized in the Kennedy Center Honors, which was attended by president George Bush. Among the participants in the ceremony, which was also shot for a CBS-TV special: Chet Atkins, Emmylou Harris, Steve Wariner and Bill Monroe.