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December 7


Q. How old was Tim McGraw when he had his first #1 hit?

A. He was 26 when it was released and turned 27 by the time it hit #1. The song was “Don’t Take The Girl.”


Dolly Parton, The Talk (CBS)

Shania Twain, Live with Kelly And Ryan (syndicated)

61st Grammy Awards nominations announced on CBS This Morning


  • Bobby Osborne (bluegrass legend – Osborne Brothers) (“Rocky Top”…etc.) (87)
  • Neil Mason (The Cadillac Three) (37)
  • Gary Morris (70)
  • Sara Bareilles (pop singer) (39)
  • Johnny Bench (baseball Hall Of Fame catcher) (71)
  • Larry Bird (former basketball player) (62)
  • Ellen Burstyn (actress, The Last Picture Show, The Exorcist, Roommates, The Spitfire Grill, Reqiuem for a Dream, The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Red Dragon, W.) (86)
  • Terrell Owens (football player) (45)
  • Fernando Vargas (former junior middleweight boxing champ) (41)
  • Jeffrey Wright (actor, Cadillac Records, Quantum of Solace, The Ides of March, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) (53)
  • Aaron Carter (teen pop star) (31)
  • Tom Waits (raspy-voiced singer-songwriter) (69)
  • Priscilla Barnes (actress, Three’s Company) (63)
  • Shiri Appleby (actress, Swimfan, Charlie Wilson’s War, Roswell) (40)
  • Jennifer Carpenter (actress, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Dexter, Quarantine, White Chicks) (39)
  • Jack Huston (actor, Boardwalk Empire, Twilight: Eclipse, Outlander, grandson of John Huston and nephew of Anjelica Huston) (36)
  • Nicholas Hoult (actor, About a Boy, A Single Man, X-Men: First Class, Clash of the Titans) (29)
  • Emily Browning (actress, Uninvited, Sucker Punch, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events) (30)


  • Chris Stapleton earned gold singles from the RIAA for “Traveller,” “Fire Away,” “Parachute” and “Nobody To Blame” in 2016.
  • Brothers Osborne earned a gold single from the RIAA for “Stay A Little Longer” in 2015.
  • George Jones was celebrated during the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. in 2008 along with Barbra Streisand, Morgan Freeman and two members of The Who.
  • Loretta Lynn was recognized during the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. in 2003 by President George W. Bush. Other honorees included Carol Burnett, James Brown, Itzhak Perlman and movie director Mike Nichols.
  • Shania Twain‘s Up! Album debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 pop album charts in 2002. The record sold 874,000 copies in its first week.
  • The Dixie Chicks‘ debut album, Wide Open Spaces, is certified triple-platinum in 1998.
  • Alan Jackson‘s “Little Bitty,” written by Tom T. Hall, hit Number One in 1996.
  • Reba McEntire reached the top of Billboard‘s country chart with “For My Broken Heart” in 1991.
  • Johnny Cash and June Carter first appeared onstage together, in Dallas in 1961.
  • Jim Reeves‘s RCA single of “He’ll Have To Go” charted in 1959.


December 8


Q. Toby Keith is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his first #1, “Should Have Been A Cowboy.” Can you name the city that inspired the song?

A. Dodge City, Kansas. He also wrote it there.


  • Sam Hunt (34)
  • Marty Raybon (Shenandoah) (59)
  • Kim Basinger (actress), (65)
  • Teri Hatcher (actress, Lois & Clark, Desperate Housewives) (54)
  • Dominic Monaghan (actor, Lord of The Rings, Lost) (42)
  • Ian Somerhalder (actor, Lost, The Vampire Diaries) (40)
  • Sinead O’Connor (controversial singer) (52)
  • Gregg Allman (musician) (71)
  • Phil Collen (guitarist, Def Leppard) (60)
  • Bobby Elliot (drummer, the Hollies) (76)
  • Nathan East (bassist) (63)
  • Nicki Minaj (rapper) (36)
  • Anna Sophia Robb (actress, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Bridge to Terabithia, Because of Winn-Dixie) (25)
  • Dwight Howard, (NBA star), (33)
  • Chrisette Michele, (R&B singer), (36)


  • Brett Eldredge attended a hockey game at the United Center in Chicago, where the Blackhawks edge the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2, in overtime in 2017.
  • In 2017, Luke Bryan released the album What Makes You Country.
  • In 2015, Miranda Lambert addressed her divorce from Blake Shelton in Cosmopolitan magazine: “It’s about living in the moment and feeling every tinge of pain, then waking up the next day going, ‘All right, I’m going to ride my ponies. I’m going to have a girls’ night.’ That’s where I am”
  • Keith Urban received the Harmony Award from the Nashville Symphony at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in 2012.
  • Brad Paisley‘s Mud On The Tires album earned gold certification in 2003.
  • Keith Urban‘s “You’ll Think Of Me” was commercially released in 2003.
  • Roy Acuff was the first country artist feted in the Kennedy Center Honors in 1991.
  • George Strait kicked off a five-week ride at Number One on the Billboard country chart with “I’ve Come To Expect It From You” in 1990.
  • Alan Jackson‘s first hit, “Here In The Real World,” was released in 1989.
  • Clyde Wilson, better known as Western movie actor Slim Pickens, died in 1983.
  • Marty Robbins died at the age of 57 in Nashville, Tennessee in 1982.


December 9


A. At this time 20 years ago, Diamond Rio was on the charts with their 21st hit, can you name it?

A. “Unbelievable”


  • Beau Bridges (actor, son of the late actor Lloyd Bridges and brother of actor Jeff Bridges) (77)
  • Felicity Huffman (actress, Sports Night, Magnolia, Frasier, Desperate Housewives, Transamerica; wife of William H. Macy) (56)
  • Dick Butkus (NFL Hall Of Famer) (76)
  • Judi Dench (actress, Tomorrow Never Dies, Shakespeare In Love, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day) (84)
  • Kirk Douglas (actor, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, Spartacus, The Fury, The Final Countdown, It Runs In The Family; father of Michael Douglas) (102)
  • Buck Henry (comedian and frequent Saturday Night Live guest host) (88)
  • John Malkovich (actor, Dangerous Liaisons, In The Line Of Fire, Being John Malkovich, Shadow Of The Vampire) (65)
  • Donny Osmond (toothy 1970s pop singer) (61)
  • Michael Dorn (actor, Chips, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine‘s Lieutenant Worf, The Santa Clause 2) (66)
  • Jakob Dylan (lead singer, Wallflowers, son of Bob Dylan) (49)
  • Tre Cool (drummer, Green Day) (46)
  • Canibus (Germaine Williams) (rapper) (44)
  • Jesse Metcalfe (actor, Dallas, Desperate Housewives) (40)
  • Kara DioGuardi (singer/songwriter, former judge on American Idol) (48)
  • Imogen Heap (singer) (41)
  • Simon Helberg (actor, Howard Wolowitz on The Big Bang Theory) (38)


  • Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood launched a seven-show stand at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, the last stop on a three-year tour.
  • In 2017, original lead singer for Little Texas, Tim Rushlow was Grand Marshal of the Donelson Christmas Parade near Nashville.
  • Jason Aldean earned a triple-platinum single from the RIAA for “Big Green Tractor” in 2016.
  • Carrie Underwood‘s two-disc compilation Greatest Hits: Decade #1 was released in 2014.
  • Toby Keith‘s Shock’n Y’all album goes double-platinum in 2003.
  • Faron Young shoots himself in the head in 1996 and dies the next day.
  • Alan Jackson‘s version of Tall, Tall Trees goes No. 1 on the country singles chart.
  • Garth Brooks gets his first ever No. 1 country single with “If Tomorrow Never Comes”.
  • Merle Haggard records “Hungry Eyes” and “Silver Wings” in Hollywood.