December 18th is a big date in the history of country music, with Buck Owens, Faith Hill and even Johnny Paycheck making headlines throughout the years.

Randy Houser, a noted musician and songwriter is celebrating his 38th birthday today, and it's also a big date in the McGraw-Hill household.  Twenty years ago today Faith Hill made her Grand Ole Opry debut, while in 2000 Tim McGraw went platinum with Greatest Hits and his single "Back When" went to #1 in 2004.

In a rather humorous moment in country music history, on this date in 1981 Buck Owens played himself on an episode of "The Dukes of Hazzard" that saw him singing for his freedom.  The early 1980s was a crazy time, folks.  Enjoy, and you're welcome.




In the annals of country music history, however, few footnotes ring louder than "Take This Job and Shove It", which was certified Gold on this date in 1978.  35 years in the making, here's Johnny Paycheck's ode to the working man, once again from THE hotbed of country music in the early 80s... Boss Hogg's Boar's Nest.