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Aug 18, 1938
Record producer Allen Reynolds is born in North Little Rock, Arkansas. He produces Crystal Gayle’s “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” Kathy Mattea’s “Eighteen Wheels And A Dozen Roses” and Garth Brooks’ “Shameless”
Aug 18, 1961
Jimmy Dean records the recitation “Big Bad John” at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio in Nashville
Aug 18, 1962
Fiddler Jimmy Mattingly is born in Leitchfield, Kentucky. A longtime member of Garth Brooks’ band, Stillwater, he backs Dolly Parton and Dierks Bentley on albums and becomes a founding member of the bluegrass band The Grascal
Aug 18, 1963
The Louvin Brothers make their last appearance as a duo, in Watseka, Illinois
Aug 18, 1970
Waylon Jennings & Jessi Colter record “Suspicious Minds” during an evening session at Nashville’s RCA Studio B. The duet later appears on “Wanted: The Outlaws

Aug 18, 1971
Singer/songwriter Dave Loggins conducts his first Nashville recording session at the Jack Clement Studios
Aug 18, 1973
Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn share the top spot on the Billboard country chart with “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man”
Aug 18, 1976
Emmylou Harris records the Carlene Carter-written “Easy From Now On”
Aug 18, 1977
More than 75,000 people gather at Graceland to pay their respects at Elvis Presley’s funeral, including Chet Atkins, Sammy Davis Jr., George Hamilton and Ann-Margret
Aug 18, 1977
Ronnie McDowell records an Elvis Presley tribute, “The King Is Gone,” at Nashville’s Music City Recorders

Aug 18, 1979
Mel Tillis’ “Coca Cola Cowboy,” from the movie “Every Which Way But Loose,” takes the #1 slot on the Billboard country singles chart
Aug 18, 1980
Cody Jinks is born in Haltom City, Texas. He reaches the Top 5 on the Billboard country albums chart in 2016 with “I’m Not The Devil”
Aug 18, 1980
George Jones plays New York City for the first time in his career, performing at The Bottom Line. In the audience are Andy Warhol, Linda Ronstadt and Bonnie Raitt

Aug 18, 1992
Warner Bros. releases Travis Tritt’s “T-R-O-U-B-L-E” album
Aug 18, 1993
Tracy Lawrence loads up on guests for the video shoot of “My Second Home.” On hand: Toby Keith, Lynn Anderson, John Anderson, William Lee Golden, Tanya Tucker, Robin Lee, Tim McGraw and Shania Twain
Aug 18, 1993
Unison releases “A Country Christmas With The Stars Of Nashville,” featuring Porter Wagoner, Merle Haggard, Bill Anderson, Crystal Gayle and Waylon Jennings
Aug 18, 2004
Charlie Waller, a founding member of The Country Gentlemen, dies at his Virginia home. The group, which included Ricky Skaggs and Keith Whitley among its alumni, helped to widen bluegrass music’s popularity
Aug 18, 2009
Wynonna Judd wins $50,000 for charity on ABC’s “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” by answering a math-related question with the lifeline aid of her aunt
Aug 18, 2009
A ribbon-cutting ceremony is held for the Rodney Atkins Youth Home, a residence hall at the newly renovated Holston Home for children in Greeneville, Tennessee. Atkins lived at the facility as an infant before he was adopted