Zac Brown Drops His Top This Day In Country Music – December 29th
2010 – Alan Jackson surprises Zac Brown at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena with a 1966 Cadillac El Dorado convertible, a gift of thanks for including him on “As She’s Walking Away”.
2002 – Chris Cagle sings the national anthem at Houston’s Reliant Stadium during the final weekend of the NFL season, as the Texans host the Tennessee Titans. Tennessee wins, 13-3.
2001 – Alan Jackson’s “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)” spends the first of five weeks at #1 in Billboard.
2000 – John Michael Montgomery suffers a compound fracture above the ankle when he slips on ice while hunting near his Kentucky home. He has a cast applied during surgery at Lexington’s Central Baptist Hospital and uses it for the next eight months.
1998 – Lorrie Morgan, Steve Winwood and Michael English perform at halftime during the first Music City Bowl at Dudley Field in Nashville, while guitarist Larry Carlton is booed for a jazz version of the national anthem. Virginia Tech defeats Alabama, 38-7.
1983 – George Jones receives the first platinum album of his career, for “I Am What I Am”.
1983 – Jessica Andrews born in Huntingdon, Tennessee. Befriended early in her career by Faith Hill, she gains attention as a teenager for a contribution to the 1999 album “The Prince Of Egypt,” then breaks out at age 17 with “Who I Am”.
1972 – Jeanne Pruett records “Satin Sheets”.
1969 – Capitol releases Merle Haggard’s live “Okie From Muskogee” album.
1939 – Ed Bruce born in Keiser, Arkansas. The rich-voiced performer develops a varied career as a vocalist, actor, commercial spokesman and songwriter. His writing credits include “Texas (When I Die)” and “Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys”.