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  • Dec 4, 1951
    Guitarist Gary Rossington is born in Jacksonville, Florida. In his teens, he becomes a founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, whose "Sweet Home Alabama" receives billing in a Country Music Foundation book among country's 500 all-time greatest singles
    Dec 4, 1949
    After a decade on the big screen, Jimmy Wakely stars for the last time as a singing cowboy with the debut of "Lawless Code," performing "Home On The Range"
    Dec 4, 1949
    Actor Jeff Bridges is born in Los Angeles. Known for his work in "The Big Lebowski," "Seabiscuit" and "Crazy Heart," he earns a Top 10 country album with a self-titled release in 2011
    Dec 4, 1948
    NBC-TV debuts "Saturday Night Jubilee," a New York-based country music show hosted by Elton Britt
    Dec 4, 1946
    "Tumbleweed Tempo," a 15-minute promotional movie, appears in theaters, featuring the music of Spade Cooley
    Dec 4, 1945
    Singer/songwriter Gary P. Nunn is born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. A key figure in the rise of Texas country, he writes the Willie Nelson hit "Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning" and Rosanne Cash's "Couldn't Do Nothin' Right"
    Dec 4, 1944
    Spade Cooley records "Shame On You," "I've Taken All I'm Gonna Take From You" and "A Pair Of Broken Hearts" at the CBS Studios in Hollywood
    Dec 4, 1944
    Eddy Arnold holds his first recording session at the WSM radio studios in Nashville. He records his first hit, "Each Minute Seems A Million Years," and his first version of "The Cattle Call"
    Dec 4, 1944
    Chris Hillman is born in Los Angeles. A founder of The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, he also starts The Desert Rose Band. Lacing breezy harmonies and driving tempos, the group builds a string of hits from 1987-1990 but disbands in 1994
    Dec 4, 1940
    Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy and Tex Ritter are among a number of Hollywood cowboys who team up for a live radio broadcast to raise money for British children victimized by Nazi bombing raids

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