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Aug 14, 1941
Connie Smith is born in Elkhart, Indiana. The Grand Ole Opry powerhouse debuts with 1964’s “Once A Day,” making hits consistently for nine years. In 1997, she marries fellow Opry star Marty Stuart. In 2012, she joins the Country Music Hall of Fame
Aug 14, 1941
David Crosby is born in Los Angeles, California. He co-founds The Byrds in 1964, establishing a band that plays a seminal role in the rise of country-rock, although he leaves the group in 1967, creating Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young a year later
Aug 14, 1942
Record producer Brent Maher is born in Great Bend, Kansas. His credits include The Judds’ “Why Not Me,” Dottie West’s “A Lesson In Leavin’,” Michael Johnson’s “Bluer Than Blue” and Tanya Tucker’s “Some Kind Of Trouble”
Aug 14, 1945
Comedian Steve Martin is born in Waco, Texas. The banjo-playing “wild and crazy guy” employs The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in the role of the Toot Uncommons when he records a million-selling single, “King Tut.” He also wins the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year in 2011

Aug 14, 1960
Watermelon Park in Berryville, Maryland, hosts the first all-day, multiple-act bluegrass festival. The lineup features Bill Monroe, Mac Wiseman, Reno & Smiley, The Osborne Brothers and fiddler Scotty Stoneman
Aug 14, 1964
Johnny Burnette drowns in a boating accident on California’s Clear Lake. With his Rock ‘N’ Roll Trio in the mid-1950s, he helped define rockabilly
Aug 14, 1965
Bobby Bare joins the Grand Ole Opry

Aug 14, 1971
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band concludes recording for the “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” album at Woodland Sound Studio in Nashville with fiddler Vassar Clements and bass player Junior Huskey
Aug 14, 1977
Waylon Jennings records “The Wurlitzer Prize (I Don’t Want To Get Over You),” one of just two songs in a marathon, 23-hour session at Nashville’s American Studios
Aug 14, 1978
Merle Haggard records “Red Bandana” and “Leonard,” a tribute to Tommy Collins, at the Glaser Studios in Nashville

Aug 14, 1980
Five months after they started dating, Glen Campbell proposes to Tanya Tucker. She says yes, though a marriage never takes place
Aug 14, 2001
Rounder releases Alison Krauss + Union Station’s “New Favorite” album
Aug 14, 2006
Johnny Duncan dies of a heart attack in a Fort Worth hospital. His career, which included a number of duets with Janie Fricke, peaked with a series of midtempo songs in the 1970s, many with overt sexual themes
Aug 14, 2012
Ricky Skaggs is added to the Gospel Music Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Hendersonville, Tennessee, along with Aretha Franklin and four other acts
Aug 14, 2017
A North Carolina judge dismisses a copyright lawsuit brought against Alan Jackson by songwriter Timothy Arnett, who maintained that Jackson’s hit “Remember When” ripped off his own “Remember Me”