December 1st: On this day
Born on this day in Dublin, Texas was Slim Willet (Winston Lee Moore), disc jockey, musician, and songwriter who had the 1952 US Country #1 "Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes".
Fred Rose an American Hall of Fame songwriter and music publishing executive died. Along with Hank Williams and the "Father of Country Music", Jimmie Rodgers, Fred Rose was one of the three charter members of the Country Music Hall of Fame when it opened in 1961. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985.
Buck Owens recorded "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail" and "Cryin' Time" during recording sessions at the Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California. Owens later said he got the idea for "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail" after seeing an Esso gas station sign with the company's slogan at the time, "Put a tiger in your tank."
Charley Pride was at #1 on the Country charts with "She's Too Good to Be True". Written by written by Johnny Duncan, it became Pride's tenth #1 single.
Kenny Rogers was at #1 on the Country charts with his eleventh solo studio album Eyes That See in the Dark. The album features "Islands in the Stream" written by Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb from the Bee Gees, (whose title is taken from the Ernest Hemingway novel), which became a #1 hit for Rogers and Parton.
George Strait was at the top of the US Country charts with his fifteenth studio album Lead On. The album includes the singles "The Big One", "You Can't Make a Heart Love Somebody", "Lead On", and "Adalida", which all became top 10 hits.
Lady Antebellum were up for six nominations for Need You Now in the 53rd annual Grammy awards, including Record, Song and Album of the Year, plus Best Country Song, Country Album and Country Performance by a Duo or Group.
Shania: Still the One by Canadian singer-songwriter Shania Twain started a 91 show residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show became a box office hit grossing over $43 million from a total of 346,021 sold tickets during the two-year run.
This One's for You by Luke Combs went back to #1 on the Country album chart. The album continued to return to #1 intermittently during 2018 and 2019. Its total of 50 weeks at the top of the chart tied the record for the longest time spent atop the chart by an album.