Welcome to a long holiday weekend December 2017
This weekend we celebrate National Date Nut bread, National Festivus Day, National Eggnog Day, National Pumpkin Pie day and National A’phebet Day (translation no L Day). (more information at National Day) Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon Church was born on December 23rd in 1805. Howard Hughes was born December 24th 1905. Happy Birthday December 24th Ryan Seacrest, radio personality, TV host; host of American Idol. December 25th 1776 Patriot General George Washington crosses the Delaware River with 5,400 troops during the American Revolution. He would go on to become our 1st US President. Celebrities celebrating birthdays Christmas Day, Jimmt Buffett born in 1946, actress Sissy Spacek, born in 1949,
This Holiday Weekend In Country Music History
1948 Happy Birthday Barbara Mandrell she is born in Houston, Texas Christmas day December 25th. Famous for “I was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool” duet with George Jones.
1954 Happy Birthday Steve Wariner born in Noblesville, Indiana Christmas day December 25th. The singer/songwriter/guitarist joins Dottie West’s as her bass player at age 17, landing his own recording contract in 1978 which produces a string of hit singles that stretches more than two decades. Personal favorite “I should Be With You” released March 7th 1988 and reaching #2 on the Billboard Country Charts.
1968 Epic releases Tammy Wynette’s album “Stand By Your Man”
1968 Happy Birthday Singer/songwriter Lori McKenna born in Stoughton, Massachusetts December 22nd. She writes Hunter Hayes’ single “I Want Crazy,” RaeLynn’s “God Made Girls,” Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” and Tim McGraw’s “Humble And Kind”
1973 Merle Haggard is at #1 on the Billboard country singles charts with “If We Make It Through December”
1983 Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers Band are at #1 in Billboard with “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer To You)”
1988 Keith Whitley is at #1 on the Billboard country charts with “When You Say Nothing At All”
1999 Faith Hill begins a six-week stay at #1 on the Billboard country chart with “Breathe”
2004 Blake Shelton’s “Some Beach” sets at #1 on the Billboard country music charts.
2007 Taylor Swift collects her first #1 country single in Billboard with “Our Song.” It stays on top for six weeks
2012 Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” rises to #1 on the Billboard country singles charts, the first of a record-setting 24 total weeks at the top.
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