Willie Nelson In A Cloud Of Smoke This Day In Country Music – December 23rd
2006 – Sugarland collects a #1 country single in Billboard with “Want To”.
2005 – The movie “Transamerica,” starring Felicity Huffman, opens in scattered theaters. The soundtrack features Dolly Parton, Jim Lauderdale, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Old Crow Medicine Show, Lucinda Williams and bluegrass artist Larry Sparks.
2003 – Craig Morgan delivers an acoustic concert in Kuwait, the first concert in a Middle East tour for American G.I.s during the holiday season.
1994 – Wynonna Judd has her first baby, Elijah–sired by boyfriend Arch Kelley–at Nashville’s Baptist Hospital. Naomi becomes a grandma.
1986 – The Judds pace country artists with five nominations for the 1987 American Music Awards. Reba McEntire gets four nominations, while George Strait and Alabama have three.
1969 – Merle Haggard records “The Fightin’ Side Of Me” in Los Angeles at the Capitol Recording Studios.
1969 – Willie Nelson’s home in Ridgetop, Tennessee, burns while he’s in Nashville at a Christmas party. When Nelson sees the house in flames, he runs in to rescue his guitar, Trigger, and a bag of marijuana stashed inside the case.
1968 – Epic releases Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man” album.
1950 – Lefty Frizzell hits #1 on the Billboard country chart with his debut single, “If You’ve Got The Money I’ve Got The Time”.
1928 – Drummer Buddy Harman born in Nashville. A member of the so-called “A-Team” of session musicians, his credits include The Everly Brothers’ “Bye Bye Love,” Loretta Lynn’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and Patsy Cline’s “Crazy,” among others.