December 16th: On this day
Born on this day in Spalding, Nebraska,was Jim Glaser, country music artist who has charted several singles on the Hot Country Songs charts, including the #1 hit "You're Gettin' to Me Again".
Born on this day in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was Jeff Carson, country music artist who was originally a session musician in Branson, Missouri and later a demo singer. He has charted fourteen singles on the Billboard country charts, including the #1 hit "Not on Your Love." He retired from music in 2009 and became a police officer.
Born on this day was songwriter Andrew Dorff. He wrote the hits included Kenny Chesney’s “Save It for a Rainy Day” and Hunter Hayes “Somebody’s Heartbreak.” Dorff’s other major cuts were Martina McBride’s “Ride,” Blake Shelton’s “My Eyes” and “Neon Light,” Ronnie Dunn’s “Bleed Red,” Old Dominion’s “Shut Me Up,” Gary Allan’s “Kiss Me When I’m Down” and William Michael Morgan’s “Missing.” Dorff died on December 19, 2016.
American country music singer-songwriter Jenny Lou Carson died aged 63. She was the first woman to write a #1 country music hit ("You Two-Timed Me One Time Too Often"), and from 1945 to 1955 she was one of the most prolific songwriters in country music. She became an expert sharpshooter and learned to spin a rope and manipulate a bullwhip. She toured the state of Texas putting on her cowgirl show and singing with her partner Texas Tommy.
Born on this day was American country music singer-songwriter and guitarist Frankie Ballard. His third single, "Helluva Life", became his first Top 20 hit in December 2013.
Singer songwriter Gary Stewart died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Stewart’s friends later told reporters that he was extremely despondent after the death of his wife the previous month. Stewart had scored the 1975 US #1 Country hit "She's Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Doubles)."
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood played the first two of nine concerts at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, the shows raised over $3.5 million for flood relief.
Country music giant Ray Price died aged 87 at his ranch outside Mount Pleasant, Texas. Price, one of country music's most popular and influential singers and bandleaders, had more than 100 hits and was one of the last living connections to Hank Williams.