Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood began a series of benefit concerts on this date in 2010, Lady Antebellum earned a platinum single in 2009 and Little Jimmie Dickens dressed up as Santa Claus to invite Brad Paisley to become a Grand Ole Opry member in 2000.

Here's the list for Today In Country Music History for 16 December, 2011.

  • Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood performed the first two of nine concerts at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, joined by unannounced guest Steve Wariner, in 2010. The shows raised $3.5 million for flood relief.
  • Lady Antebellum earned a platinum single for "Need You Now" in 2009.
  • Rascal Flatts' "My Wish" topped the Billboard country chart in 2006.
  • George Strait's 50 Number Ones became the third quintuple-platinum album of his career in 2004.
  • Shania Twain's Greatest Hits was certified triple-platinum in 2004.
  • Brad Paisley was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry by Little Jimmy Dickens and Jeannie Sealy, dressed as Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus in 2000.
  • Tim McGraw claimed the Number One spot on the Billboard chart with "My Next Thirty Years" in 2000.
  • The Trisha Yearwood album (Songbook) A Collection Of Hits went double platinum in 1997.
  • Kenny Rogers' single "The Gambler" went to Number One in 1978.

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Dave D.