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Apr 11, 1913: Mildred Goad is born in Mount Carmel, Illinois. Using the stage name Millie Good, she joins her sister, Dollie, to form the duo The Girls Of The Golden West, the first successful all-female act in country music history

Apr 11, 1925: Guitarist George Shuffler is born in Burke County, North Carolina. He joins The Stanley Brothers’ band, the Clinch Mountain Boys, in 1950, performing with the group for most of the next 18 years

Apr 11, 1953: Hank Williams’ “Your Cheatin’ Heart” owns the top spot in the Billboard country chart

Apr 11, 1956: Elvis Presley records with The Jordanaires for the first time, after a flight in which his plane developed engine trouble. They do only one song, “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You,” in the Nashville session

Apr 11, 1957: Singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale is born in Troutman, North Carolina. The Americana icon writes George Strait’s “I Gotta Get To You,” Mark Chesnutt’s “Gonna Get A Life” and Patty Loveless’ “Halfway Down,” among others

Apr 11, 1964: Steve Azar is born in Greenville, Mississippi. He first gains attention with an independent album in 1996, although he waits another six years to score his first hit, “I Don’t Have To Be Me (‘Til Monday)”

Apr 11, 1972: Connie Smith records “If It Ain’t Love (Let’s Leave It Alone)”

Apr 11, 1977: Songwriter Eddie Miller dies of a heart attack at his Nashville home. A 1975 addition to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, his credits include: Ray Price’s “Release Me,” Eddy Arnold’s “After Loving You” and Ernest Tubb’s “Thanks A Lot”

Apr 11, 1978: Waylon Jennings records the single version of “I’ve Always Been Crazy” at the Jack Clement Studios in Nashville

Apr 11, 1978: Tanya Tucker records “Texas (When I Die)” in Burbank, California, namechecking Willie Nelson in the second verse

Apr 11, 1980: With their single “My Home’s In Alabama” moving up the national charts for independent MDJ Records, Alabama signs with RCA Records

Apr 11, 1981: David Frizzell & Shelly West’s “You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma” goes to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart

Apr 11, 1983: The Bee Gees’ Barry Gibb begins producing the Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton duet “Islands In The Stream”

Apr 11, 1985: MCA releases Patsy Cline’s “Heartaches” album

Apr 11, 1992: Wynonna gains her first #1 single as a solo artist with “She Is His Only Need”

Apr 11, 2015: Bill Arhos, who founded the PBS show “Austin City Limits,” dies. Among the artists who appeared on the program during its first 40 years are Willie Nelson, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney and Eric Church