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August 19

Aug 19, 1932 Grover "Shorty" Lavender is born in Old Fort, North Carolina. After playing fiddle on hits by Marty Robbins and Ray Price, he... Read More.

August 18

Aug 18, 1938 Record producer Allen Reynolds is born in North Little Rock, Arkansas. He produces Crystal Gayle's "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,"... Read More.

August 17

Aug 17, 1896 Gold is discovered in Alaska, setting off the Klondike gold rush. It provides a backdrop for Lefty Frizzell's deceitful 1964 hit "Saginaw,... Read More.

August 16

Aug 16, 1935 Patsy Montana records "I Wanna Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart" in New York Aug 16, 1939 Singer/songwriter Billy Joe Shaver is born in Corsicana, Texas.... Read More.

August 15

Aug 15, 1909 Songwriter Johnny Lange is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He creates numerous western songs, landing cuts with Tex Ritter, Roy Rogers and Tennessee... Read More.

August 14

Aug 14, 1941 Connie Smith is born in Elkhart, Indiana. The Grand Ole Opry powerhouse debuts with 1964's "Once A Day," making hits consistently for... Read More.

August 13

Aug 13, 1924 Vernon Dalhart records "The Wreck Of The Old '97" and "The Prisoner's Song" in New York. The two sides comprise the first... Read More.

August 12

Aug 12, 1877 Thomas Edison uses the phonograph to make the very first sound recording, a rendition of "Mary Had A Little Lamb" Aug 12, 1927 Porter... Read More.

August 11

Aug 11, 1917 Henry Cannon is born in Franklin, Tennessee. He marries Sarah Colley--a.k.a. Minnie Pearl--and becomes a pilot for Hank Williams, Eddy Arnold and... Read More.

August 10

Aug 10, 1909 Instrument innovator Leo Fender is born in Buena Park, California. His brand of guitar and keyboard are played by numerous country artists,... Read More.

August 9

Aug 9, 1934 Singer/songwriter Merle Kilgore is born in Chickasha, Oklahoma. He achieves his biggest successes as the writer of Johnny Cash's "Ring Of Fire"... Read More.

August 8

Aug 8, 1921 Webb Pierce is born in West Monroe, Louisiana. He gains a reputation for a nasal twang and garish stage persona, but becomes... Read More.