Real Country History…

December 17
  • 1966 - Tracy Bird Born


December 19
  • 1947 - Janie Fricke Born


  • 1947 - "Here Comes Santa Claus" by Gene Autry entered the Top 40 chart.


  • 1980 - Dolly Parton's first movie, "9 to 5," premiered. It was a huge hit and the title song went on to hit number one on the country charts and pop charts. Dolly also won two Grammy Awards for the song.


  • 1988 - Johnny Cash and friend Waylon Jennings were in the same hospital recovery room. Both had undergone heart bypass surgery, though six days apart.


  • 1991 - Collin Raye was enjoying his first number one hit, "Love, Me."


  • 1996 - Garth Brooks was number one on the charts with "That Ol' Wind."


  • 1997 - Shenadoah's lead singer and founding member, Marty Raybon, made his last appearance with the group at Nashville's Wildhorse Saloon.