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  • Dec 19, 1988
    John Denver and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band collaborate on "Take Me Home, Country Roads" as CBS airs "John Denver's Christmas In Aspen." Denver also sings "The Christmas Song" with Anne Murray
    Dec 19, 1988
    Dolly Parton sings "Hard Candy Christmas" on Bob Hope's NBC holiday special
    Dec 19, 1988
    David Cobb dies following heart surgery at Park View Medical Center in Nashville. A longtime announcer for the Grand Ole Opry, he was the first to refer to the Tennessee capitol as "Music City U.S.A."
    Dec 19, 1988
    Johnny Cash has open heart surgery at Nashville's Baptist Hospital, one week after Waylon Jennings had similar surgery at the same location
    Dec 21, 1988
    K.T. Oslin nets her second gold album from the RIAA, for "This Woman"
    Dec 21, 1988
    Randy Travis garners three nominations in the American Music Awards. Country music's double-nominees include George Strait and Alabama
    Dec 21, 1988
    Ticket holders for Elvis Presley's scheduled performance on August 27, 1977, finally get refunds. They get to keep the ticket stubs, too
    Dec 21, 1988
    Gary Morris is featured in the NBC-TV special "Christmas In Washington," also starring Vikki Carr, Jimmy Stewart, Shirley Jones and president Ronald Reagan
    Dec 22, 1988
    ABC-TV broadcasts "A Very Special Christmas Party." Among its guest stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, Barbara Mandrell and Randy Travis, who turns in a version of "Winter Wonderland"
    Dec 22, 1988
    Three days after undergoing open heart surgery, Johnny Cash develops pneumonia and is placed on life support at Nashville's Baptist Hospital

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