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Toby is Yout Daddy, This Day in Country Music – December 21st (video)

2002 – “Who’s Your Daddy?” lands Toby Keith at #1 on the Billboard country chart.

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2001 – Josh Turner makes his Grand Ole Opry debut, performing “Long Black Train”.


1985 – George Strait’s “The Chair” sits at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.


1984 – Singer-songwriter Eric Gunderson born. He becomes an original member of Love And Theft, a harmony-laden act that earns hits as a trio with 2009’s “Runaway” and as a duo with 2011’s “Angel Eyes”.


1979 – Willie Nelson makes his film debut with the opening of “The Electric Horseman,” also starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. It includes Nelson’s hits “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” and “Midnight Rider”.


1968 – Brad Warren born in Tampa, Florida. He joins sibling Brett Warren to form The Warren Brothers, who pick up a nomination from the Academy of Country Music in 2001. They co-write Toby Keith’s “Red Solo Cup,” Martina McBride’s “Anyway” and Tim McGraw’s “If You’re Reading This”.


1959 – The Marty Robbins classic “El Paso” takes the top spot on the Billboard country chart.


1956 – Lee Roy Parnell born in Abilene, Texas. The singer-slide guitarist combines country and blues to yield a soulful series of recordings in the 1990s, including “Love Without Mercy,” “On The Road” and “What Kind Of Fool Do You Think I Am”.


1950 – Hank Williams records “Cold, Cold Heart” and “Dear John” during an evening session at Castle Studio in downtown Nashville.


1926 – Freddie Hart born in Lochapoka, Alabama. A songwriter who pens hits for Porter Wagoner, Carl Smith and George Jones, he earns his largest acclaim as an artist with “Easy Loving,” the Country Music Association’s Song of the Year in 1971 and ’72.

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