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  • Dec 1, 1978
    Sgt. Barry Sadler shoots and kills songwriter Lee Emerson in a dispute that involves 25-year-old Darlene Sharp. He is found guilty of murder, though he serves only 22 days. Emerson wrote hits for Carl Smith, Marty Robbins and Porter Wagoner
    Dec 1, 1978
    Warner Bros. releases The Doobie Brothers' album "Minute By Minute," featuring drummer Keith Knudsen, bound to become a member of country's Southern Pacific
    Dec 1, 1978
    Ronnie McDowell records music for the ABC-TV mini-series "Elvis" at Young 'Un Sound in Nashville. The session includes "Mystery Train," "The Wonder Of You," "Heartbreak Hotel," "That's All Right" and "Blue Moon Of Kentucky"
    Dec 2, 1978
    Ronnie Milsap sings "Let's Take The Long Way Around The World" and "Only One Love In My Life" on the syndicated "Hee Haw." Margo Smith performs "Don't Break The Heart That Loves You" and "Little Things Mean A Lot." Buck Owens turns in "My Elusive Dreams" and "Lay Down Sally"
    Dec 2, 1978
    Rex Allen Jr. sings "With Love" and "No, No, No (I'd Rather Be Free)" on the syndicated television show "Pop! Goes The Country." Susie Allanson does "We Belong Together," and the two join Hoyt Axton and host Ralph Emery as the credits roll on "Boney Fingers"
    Dec 2, 1978
    Eddie Rabbitt's "I Just Want To Love You" reaches the top spot on the Billboard country singles chart
    Dec 3, 1978
    "Bob Hope Salutes The Ohio Jubilee" airs on NBC-TV with guests Donny and Marie Osmond, Lucille Ball, Ginger Rogers and former president Gerald Ford
    Dec 4, 1978
    Warner Bros. releases T.G. Sheppard's "Happy Together"
    Dec 4, 1978
    Lynn Shults leaves United Artists Records to head Capitol's Nashville division
    Dec 4, 1978
    "Elvis Was My Life": Priscilla Presley is featured on the cover of People magazine

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