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Apr 13, 1946: R&B/gospel singer Al Green is born in Forrest City, Arkansas. He earns a nomination from the Country Music Association in 1994 when a duet with Lyle Lovett, “Funny How Time Slips Away,” appears on the album “Rhythm Country & Blues”

Apr 13, 1952: Mandolin player Sam Bush is born in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He gains acclaim with the progressive acoustic group New Grass Revival, but also plays on hits by Pam Tillis, Kathy Mattea and Garth Brooks, among others

Apr 13, 1959: George Jones picks up his first #1 country single in Billboard magazine as a recording artist with “White Lightning”

Apr 13, 1963: Bill Anderson goes to #1 on the Billboard country chart with his biggest hit, “Still”

Apr 13, 1965: Roger Miller wins five trophies in the seventh annual Grammy Awards: Best New Country & Western Artist; Country & Western Album, for “Dang Me/Chug-A-Lug”; and Country & Western Single, Song and Male Vocal, for “Dang Me”

Apr 13, 1970: Bettie Azevedo picks up five trophies on behalf of Merle Haggard in the fifth annual Academy Of Country & Western Music awards at the Hollywood Palladium: Single Record, Song and Album of the Year, for “Okie From Muskogee”; Top Male Vocalist and Top Touring Band

Apr 13, 1971: Merle Haggard records “Carolyn” at the Capitol Recording Studio in Hollywood. It’s the last of his sessions in which Glen Campbell plays as a sideman

Apr 13, 1972: The Statler Brothers record “The Class Of ’57” during an afternoon session at Nashville’s Mercury Custom Recording Studio

Apr 13, 1977: Charlie Rich records “Rollin’ With The Flow” during an afternoon session at the Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville

Apr 13, 1979: Warner Bros. releases Emmylou Harris’ “Blue Kentucky Girl” album

Apr 13, 1982: George Strait records “Amarillo By Morning” at Nashville’s Music City Music Hall

Apr 13, 1982: RCA releases Jerry Reed’s album “The Man With The Golden Thumb”

Apr 13, 1984: Tanya Tucker has a guest part on the ABC spy series “Masquerade.” The theme song is performed by Crystal Gayle

Apr 13, 1986: Lorrie Morgan calls ex-husband Ron Gaddis and tells him she’s had a change of heart about trying to get back together. Instead, she has a first date with Keith Whitley: Wendy’s hamburgers in Nashville’s Centennial Park

Apr 13, 1986: NBC airs the TV special “Return To Mayberry” with Andy Griffith, George “Goober” Lindsey and the bluegrass band The Dillards

Apr 13, 1987: Mercury releases “Johnny Cash Is Coming To Town,” the Man In Black’s first album for a label other than Columbia in nearly 30 years

Apr 13, 1991: Alabama’s “Down Home” begins a three-week occupation of the #1 position on the Billboard country singles chart