The unlikely combination of Merle Haggard, Oprah Winfrey and Paul McCartney was honored in Washington DC on this date in 2010, Roy Clark played Santa Claus for Steve Wariner and Barbara Eden in 2002 and Charlie Daniels recorded a song that will never fade away on this date in 1978.

Here's the list for Today In Country Music History for 05, December, 2011.

  • Merle Haggard, Oprah Winfrey and Paul McCartney were recognized during the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. in 2010.
  • Lee Ann Womack participated in the lighting of the national Christmas tree in Washington, D.C. in 2002, along with Steve Wariner, Barbara Eden and Mannheim Steamroller, with Roy Clark playing Santa Claus.
  • Lost Highway released the soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou? in 2000. Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski, The Whites, Gillian Welch, John Hartford, Ralph Stanley, The Cox Family and Norman Blake were among the featured artists.
  • Patty Loveless' Only What I Feel album was certified platinum in 1994.
  • Jeff Hanna of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band married singer-songwriter Matraca Berg in 1993, nine years after they first met.
  • George Strait topped the Billboard chart with "I Cross My Heart" from the Pure Country soundtrack in 1992.
  • Ricky Van Shelton scored his first Number One with "Somebody Lied" in 1987.
  • The Charlie Daniels Band recorded "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" at Nashville's Woodland Sound Studios in 1978.
  • George Morgan, Don Gibson, Billy Grammer, Johnnie Wright, Kitty Wells, the Jordanaires, Faron Young, Ferlin Husky, Justin Tubb, Stonewall Jackson, and Ray Price were dismissed from the Grand Ole Opry in 1956.

Let's check out Charlie's performance at the Grand Ole Opry.



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