DECEMBER 15, 1954 WEDNESDAY
ABC-TV ''Disneyland'' begins a three-part portrait of Davey Crockett,
setting off a national fascination. Tennessee Ernie Ford and Mac Wiseman each score hits with the ''Ballad Of Davey Crockett''.
DECEMBER 16, 1954 THURSDAY
Jim Reeves begins a USO tour of Europe that takes him overseas until January 3, 1955.
Pee Wee King begins a weekly TV show on Chicago's WBBM.
Tubb recorded ''I Gotta Go Get My Baby''.
DECEMBER 19, 1954 SUNDAY
performs the future Emmylou Harris hit ''Mister Sandman'' on the Ed Sullivan-hosted CBS variety show ''Talk Of The Town''.
DECEMBER 20, 1954 MONDAY
Songwriter Marc Beeson is born in Chapaign, Illinois. He authors Restless Heart's ''When She Cries'', Billy Currington's ''We Are Tonight'', Exile's, Even Now'' and Pat Green's ''Let Me'',
DECEMBER 21, 1954 TUESDAY
Steel guitarist Gary Morse is born in
Lansing, Michigan. He plays on Sara Evan's ''Suds In The Bucket'', Steve Azar's ''I Don't Have To Be Me ('Til Monday)'' and Dierks Bentley's ''Lot Of Leavin' Left To Do''.
Andrews, of The Andrews Sister, is treated at Valley Receiving Hospital in Chatsworth, California, after swallowing 18 sleeping pills. She insists it was an accident and not a suicide attempt. The sisters had country hits by collaborating with Bing Crosby
and Ernest Tubb.
DECEMBER 24, 1954 FRIDAY
Chicago area residents Nate and Pearl
Rubenstein adopt a baby boy, naming him Sandy Rubenstein. He discovers in 1992 that his biological father is late guitarist Sammy Pruett, a former member of Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys.
DECEMBER 25, 1954 SATURDAY
Rhythm and blues singer Johnny Ace shoots himself backstage in a game of Russian roulette at the City Auditorium in Houston,
Texas. Ace dies the next day. His single "Pledging My Love" stays at number 1 in the rhythm and blues charts for ten weeks in 1955. Later his single ''Pledging My Love'' is covered as a country hit 30 years by Emmylou Harris and Elvis Presley.
Steve Wariner is born in Noblesville, Indiana. The singer/songwriter/guitarist arrives in Nashville as Dottie West's bass player at age 17, acquiring a recording contract in 1978 which yields
a string of smooth singles that stretches more than two decades.
Jim Reeves spends Christmas Day at Orly Field, near Paris, France, during a USO tour in Europe.
The TV Guide Christmas cover highlights the Nelson family, including soon-to-be singer Ricky Nelson.
26, 1954 SUNDAY
The Mutual Broadcasting Network airs ''The Shadow'' for the last time. The radio mystery, noted for the catch phrase ''Only the shadow knows'', is hailed
in the lyrics of The Statler Brothers' 1972 hit ''Do You Remember These''.
DECEMBER 27, 1954 MONDAY
Columbia released Marty Robbins' remake of ''That's All Right''.
DECEMBER 29, 1954 WEDNESDAY
Pop and rhythm and blues drummer John ''J.R'' Robinson is born in Creston, Iowa. Known for his work with Rufus Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, he also plays on several country hits by Clint Black.
DECEMBER 31, 1954 FRIDAY
Bill Monroe recorded ''Wheel Hoss'' in Nashville. Ricky Skaggs wins a Grammy award in 1985 for
his recording of the song.
Singer/songwriter Charlie Major is born in Aylmer, Quebec. The Canadian star writes Ricky Van Shelton's 1992 hit ''Backroads''.