Merry Christmas Oprah. This Day In Country Music – November 30th
2009 – Sugarland performs “Silent Night” with Jennifer Hudson on a Christmas edition of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Tim McGraw joins Alicia Keys on John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”.
2002 – “These Days” propels Rascal Flatts to its first #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.
2002 – Brad Paisley’s “I Wish You’d Stay” video premieres on CMT’s “Most Wanted Live”.
2000 – Two country artists are nominated in each of the three musical categories for the People’s Choice Awards: Garth Brooks and George Strait, male nominees; Shania Twain and Faith Hill, female; and The Dixie Chicks and Alabama, band.
1996 – Mark Wills marries Kelly Mangus near Atlanta, Georgia.
1995 – Martina McBride joins the Grand Ole Opry during the taping of a CBS-TV special, “Grand Ole Opry 70th Anniversary Celebration,” at the Opry House.
1990 – Garth Brooks receives the first of many multi-platinum certifications, as the “No Fences” album goes double-platinum.
1975 – Mindy McCready born in Fort Myers, Florida. Her sassy, confident approach nets late-1990s hits with “Ten Thousand Angels” and “Guys Do It All The Time,” but she falls into a publicly reported downward spiral a decade later.
1974 – John Denver’s “Back Home Again” resides at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.
1937 – Record executive and producer Jimmy Bowen born in Santa Rita, New Mexico. A controversial figure, he works for MCA, Elektra and Capitol, producing hits for George Strait, Reba McEntire, Eddie Rabbitt and Hank Williams Jr., among others.