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9 to 5 Debuts This Day in Country Music – December 19th (video)

1980 – Dolly Parton’s first movie, “9 To 5,” debuts. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin co-star in the picture, buoyed by a title song written and performed by Parton.

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2011 – Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood gets engaged to Warner Bros. marketing executive Kelli Cashiola at her home in Nashville.


2005 – Gary Allan collects a gold album for “Tough All Over”.


1992 – Alan Jackson scores a #1 country single in Billboard with “She’s Got The Rhythm (And I Got The Blues),” co-written by Randy Travis.


1988 – Johnny Cash has open heart surgery at Nashville’s Baptist Hospital, one week after Waylon Jennings had similar surgery at the same location.


1985 – Johnny Paycheck shoots Larry Wise at the North High Lounge in Hillsboro, Ohio, after Wise asked if he’d ever eaten turtle meat.


1981 – Steve Wariner notches his first #1 country single with “All Roads Lead To You”.


1970 – Loretta Lynn claims the #1 position on the Billboard country chart with “Coal Miner’s Daughter”.


1955 – Carl Perkins records “Blue Suede Shoes” at the Sun Recording Studios in Memphis.


1945 – John McEuen born in Oakland, California. The multi-instrumentalist joins The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1968, remaining with the group through its shift from folk and pop into country music in the 1980s.


1920 – Little Jimmy Dickens born in Bolt, West Virginia. Just 4′-11″, he stands tall at the Grand Ole Opry, where, in 1948, he begins a membership of more than 50 years. He mixes country novelties with ballads on his way into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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