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February 11

George Jones reached #1 on the Billboard country chart for the first time as a songwriter in 1956 as Red Sovine & Webb Pierce took Why Baby Why to the top of the charts.

June Carter became a permanent member of Johnny Cash’s road show in 1962 at a concert in Des Moines, Iowa. Also on the bill: Patsy Cline and 13-year-old steel guitarist Barbara Mandrell.

The Man In Black registered the first gold record of his career, with the album Ring Of Fire (The Best Of Johnny Cash) in 1965.

Loretta Lynn made her first appearance at #1 in Billboard with Don’t Come Home A’Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind) in 1967.

Johnny Lee had guest role on NBC-TV’s The A-Team, in 1986 alongside Mr. T and fellow guests Boy George and Culture Club.

BNA released John Anderson’s Seminole Wind album in 1992.

Don Henley and Glenn Frey had lunch with their management in Aspen, CO in 1994. That day they agreed to reunite The Eagles.

Wannabe songwriter Walter Bonin was indicted in Nashville on seven counts of extortion in 2004. He had sent a series of messages to George Strait’s representatives, threatening to blow up the singer’s property if he didn’t record one of Bonin’s songs.

Songwriter Kim Williams died in Florida in 2016. A member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame since 2012, he penned such hits as Randy Travis’ Three Wooden Crosses, Garth Brooks’ Ain’t Going Down (Til The Sun Comes Up) and Reba McEntire’s The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Publishing executive Wesley Rose was born in Chicago in 1918. The son of Acuff-Rose Music founder Fred Rose, he joined the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1986, after playing a role in the careers of The Everly Brothers, Hank Williams and Marty Robbins.

Burt Reynolds was born in Waycross, GA in 1936. The movies Smokey & The Bandit, W.W. & The Dixie Dancekings and The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas make him a friend to The Statler Brothers, Dolly Parton and Jerry Reed. He also briefly dated Tammy Wynette.