December 11th, 1946

Hank Williams has his first recording session, for Sterling Records, at the WSM Studios in Nashville, backed by The Willis Brothers and bass player Chuck Wright. Among the songs recorded is "Never Again (Will I Knock On Your Door)".

And then on....

December 11th, 1963

Apparently, in an attempt to carry on a "family tradition", Hank Williams Jr. has his first recording session, at age 14, in Nashville. The session features some of his father's songs: "You Win Again", "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Cold, Cold Heart" and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"

  • 2012

    Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” spent its ninth consecutive week at the top of the country chart, marking a first for a female artist. The previous record had been held by Connie Smith in 1964 with her song “Once A Day”, which spent eight straight weeks at the top.

    Rolling Stone named "We Are..." the second best song of 2012. It fell from the number one spot on the country chart after the 9th week, but returned to the top spot the week of January 12th, 2013 to become the first song since Buck Owens' "Love's Gonna Live Here" in 1963 to spend 10 or more weeks at the top of the country charts. "We Are..." also spent 2 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • 2006

    Rascal Flatts’ album Me & My Gang became the only country album of the year to sell 3 million copies. The album featured the singles “My Wish” (#1), “Stand” (#1), “Me And My Gang” (#6) and “What Hurts The Most” (#1).

    The album has since been certified 5x platinum by the RIAA.

  • 2003

    Mark Wills’ hit “Nineteen Somethin” was named Most Played and Most Heard Song of the Year by Billboard magazine.

  • 2001

    Garth Brooks’ album Scarecrow was certified triple platinum. The album featured the singles “Thicker Than Blood” (#16), “Wrapped Up In You” (#5), “Squeeze Me In” (#16 - duet with Tricia Yearwood) and the track “When You Come Back To Me Again” from the movie Frequency.

    Lee Greenwood’s album American Patriot was certified platinum. This compilation set contained various patriotic tunes like “America The Beautiful” and “This Land Is Your Land”, as well as a version of Lee’s signature hit, “God Bless The USA”.

  • 1968

    The plane on which Country Music Hall of Fame member Tex Ritter was flying was hijacked to Cuba.

  • 1935

    The original Carter Family recorded their first sides for Victor.

  • #1 On This Date

    SINGLES

    2010 – The Band Perry – “If I Die Young

    2004 – Gary Allan – “Nothing On But The Radio

    1999 – Brad Paisley – “He Didn’t Have To Be

    1993 – Tracy Lawrence – “My Second Home

    1982 – Bellamy Bros. – “Redneck Girl

    1976 – Johnny Duncan – “Thinkin’ Of A Rondevous

    1971 – Charley Pride – “Kiss An Angel Good Morning

    1965 – Eddy Arnold – “Make The World Go Away

    1961 – Leroy Van Dyke – “Walk On By

    1954 – Webb Pierce – “More And More

    1948 – Jimmy Wakely – “One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart)”

     

     

    ALBUMS

    2010 – Taylor Swift – Speak Now

    2004 – Shania Twain – Greatest Hits

    1999 – Shania Twain – Come On Over

    1993 – Common Thread: The Songs Of The Eagles

    1982 – Alabama – Mountain Music

    1976 – Loretta Lynn – Somebody Somewhere

    1971 – Freddie Hart – Easy Loving

    1965 – Eddy Arnold – My World

  • Birthdays

    Singer Brenda Lee is 70

    Producer Tony Brown is 68