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Apr 5, 1931: Songwriter/producer “Cowboy” Jack Clement is born in Whitehaven, Tennessee. He writes hits for Bobby Bare and Jim Reeves; produces hits by Charley Pride, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis; and lands in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013

Apr 5, 1940: Tommy Cash is born in Dyess, Arkansas, the younger brother of country superstar Johnny Cash. Tommy registers three Top 10 singles in 1970, including “Six White Horses,” a tribute to John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King

Apr 5, 1959: Flatt & Scruggs record “Cabin On The Hill”

Apr 5, 1961: Don Gibson records “Sea Of Heartbreak” at Nashville’s RCA Studio B

Apr 5, 1967: Troy Gentry is born in Lexington, Kentucky. He joins Eddie Montgomery to form Montgomery Gentry, a rollicking, Southern rock-influenced act that wins the Country Music Association Vocal Duo of the Year honor in 2000

Apr 5, 1972: Tammy Wynette records “My Man” and “‘Til I Get It Right”

Apr 5, 1972: Pat Green is born in San Antonio, Texas. He becomes a major artist in the Lone Star State while recording on his own label. He earns a Grammy nomination in 2003, the same year he nets his first hit, “Wave On Wave”

Apr 5, 1983: Epic releases Ricky Skaggs’ “Highway 40 Blues”

Apr 5, 1994: Country Weekly magazine, created by the company that owns The National Enquirer, debuts on newsstands

Apr 5, 2006: Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Gene Pitney dies in his hotel after a show in Cardiff, Wales. Known for the pop hit “(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance,” he recorded with George Jones and wrote The Statler Brothers’ hit “Hello Mary Lou”

Apr 5, 2017: Alan Jackson, the late Jerry Reed and songwriter Don Schlitz are announced by the Country Music Association as the 2017 inductees in the Country Music Hall of Fame during an event at the museum’s Rotunda