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Aug 1, 1927
The Carter Family records for the first time at the “Bristol Sessions”
Aug 1, 1931
Elliott Charles Adnopoz is born in Brooklyn, New York. Better known as Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, he becomes an influential folk singer/songwriter and writes Johnny Cash’s 1965 country hit “Mister Garfield”
Aug 1, 1942
Jerry Garcia is born in San Francisco, California. A member of The Grateful Dead, he records “Blue Yodel No. 9 (Standin’ On The Corner)” for the 1997 album “The Songs Of Jimmie Rodgers: A Tribute”
Aug 1, 1958
Johnny Cash signs with Columbia Records, where he remains for more than 25 years
Aug 1, 1960
The East German newspaper Young World brands Elvis Presley as “public enemy #1”
Aug 1, 1964
Roy Orbison records “Oh, Pretty Woman” in Fred Foster’s Nashville recording studio
Aug 1, 1966
Merle Haggard records “The Fugitive” at the Capitol Recording Studio in Hollywood

Aug 1, 1966
George Ducas is born in Texas City, Texas. His edgy, guitar-driven music finds the Top 10 in 1994 via “Lipstick Promises.” He also writes Radney Foster’s “Just Call Me Lonesome,” The Eli Young Band’s “Always The Love Songs” and Sara Evans’ “A Real Fine Place To Start”
Aug 1, 1973
Epic releases Charlie Rich’s “Behind Closed Doors” album
Aug 1, 1981
MTV debuts in 2.1 million homes. The rock video channel periodically includes a country artist in its programming, giving occasional play to Hank Williams Jr., Dwight Yoakam and Eddie Rabbitt
Aug 1, 1981
Hank Williams Jr.’s New York-snubbing “Dixie On My Mind” hits #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
Aug 1, 1984
Hank Williams Jr. shoots the video to “All To My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight” with Kris Kristofferson, George Thorogood, Willie Nelson, Porter Wagoner, George Jones, Cheech & Chong, Jim Varney, Mel Tillis and Waylon Jennings

Aug 1, 1989
RCA releases Keith Whitley’s “I Wonder Do You Think Of Me” album
Aug 1, 1992
Brooks & Dunn’s “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” begins a four-week residence at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
Aug 1, 1998
Garth Brooks reaches #1 on the Billboard country chart with a Bob Dylan song, “To Make You Feel My Love”
Aug 1, 2003
Barbara Mandrell appears on the Home Shopping Network, debuting her new Barbara Mandrell Collection of teddy bears