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January 24

Just weeks after his death in 1953, Hank Williams hit #1 with the prophetic I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive.

The Hank Snow Music Center, an instrument shop, opened at 810 Church Street in Nashville in 1958. On hand for the festivities: Ernest Tubb and The Wilburn Brothers.

Leroy Van Dyke recorded If A Woman Answers (Hang Up The Phone) at the Bradley Recording Studio in Nashville in 1962. The backing vocal group, the Merry Melody Singers, includes Ray Stevens.

Conway Twitty recorded She’s Got A Single Thing In Mind at Nashville’s Sound Stage in 1989.

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Capitol Records announced it will stop shipping albums on vinyl in 1990, beginning with Dan Seals’ Love On Arrival.

Steel player Shot Jackson died in Nashville in 1991. One of the instrument’s innovators, he played with the likes of Roy Acuff, Kitty Wells and Webb Pierce, among others.

Justin Tubb died in Nashville following aortic surgery in 1998. The son of Ernest Tubb had three hits as a recording artist, and wrote Hawkshaw Hawkins’ Lonesome 7-7203 and Highway 101’s Walkin’, Talkin’, Cryin’, Barely Beatin’ Broken Heart.

Jerry Lee Lewis was on hand as his 1959 Harley-Davidson motorcycle was sold at auction in Florida for $385,000 in 2015.

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Ray Stevens was born in Clarksdale, GA in 1939. Though capable of serious recordings such as Everything Is Beautiful and Misty, he earned a reputation for his comedy efforts, including The Streak, Ahab, The Arab and Shriner’s Convention.

Pop singer Neil Diamond was born in Brooklyn in 1941. He wrote several country hits: Glen Campbell’s Sunflower, T.G. Sheppard’s Solitary Man and Jim Ed Brown & Helen Cornelius’ You Don’t Bring Me Flowers.

Aaron Neville was born in New Orleans in 1941. His 1966 pop hit Tell It Like It Is was remade as a country hit in 1989 by Billy Joe Royal. In 1993, Neville appeared on the country chart with The Grand Tour.

Rock musician Warren Zevon was born in Chicago in 1947. Best known for his 1978 single Werewolves Of London, he also wrote the Linda Ronstadt hit Poor Poor Pitiful Me, which Terri Clark remade for country consumption in 1996.

Becky Hobbs was born in Bartlesville, OK in 1950. Highly regarded, her 11-year country chart span includes a hit duet with Moe Bandy on Let’s Get Over Them Together. She also wrote Conway Twitty’s I Want To Know You Before We Make Love.