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  • Dec 5, 1988
    Jimmy Bowen debuts his new Universal label. The roster includes Eddie Rabbitt, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Eddy Raven
    Dec 6, 1988
    Roy Orbison dies of a heart attack in Hendersonville. Though based in Music City, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's only country hits came in his 1980 duet with Emmylou Harris, "That Lovin' You Feelin' Again," and his posthumous release "You Got It"
    Dec 6, 1988
    Recording begins for The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's "Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Volume 2" with Johnny Cash, John Denver, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Earl Scruggs, Steve Wariner, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, The Whites, Chris Hillman and others
    Dec 8, 1988
    The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band records "Life's Railway To Heaven" for "Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Volume Two" at Scruggs Sound Studio with Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Mark O'Connor and Anita, Helen and June Carter
    Dec 10, 1988
    George Strait goes to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with a remake of an old Faron Young hit, "If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin')"
    Dec 10, 1988
    Billy Joe Royal makes his first appearance on "Hee Haw," co-hosted by Roy Clark and Jimmy Dean. Also appearing is Marie Osmond
    Dec 11, 1988
    Gary Morris appears with Jimmy Stewart, Shirley Jones and Vikki Carr at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. President Ronald Reagan sits in the front row as the performance is taped for the NBC special "Christmas In Washington"
    Dec 12, 1988
    Curb/MCA releases The Bellamy Brothers' "Big Love"
    Dec 12, 1988
    Waylon Jennings undergoes triple bypass surgery at Nashville's Baptist Hospital
    Dec 12, 1988
    Johnny Cash is diagnosed with a blocked artery, requiring the Man In Black to undergo open-heart surgery one week later

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