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Aug 23, 1938
Pop songwriter Roger Greenaway is born in Fishponds, England. In addition to his pop singles, he gains country success with Crystal Gayle’s “It’s Like We Never Said Goodbye,” Tom Jones’ “Say You’ll Stay Until Tomorrow” and Alison Krauss’ “Baby, Now That I’ve Found You”
Aug 23, 1947
Rex Allen Jr. is born in Chicago, Illinois. The son of silver-screen cowboy Rex Allen, he nets a half-dozen middle-of-the-road country hits in the late-1970s, topped by “Two Less Lonely People”
Aug 23, 1949
Paul Chrisman–alias Woody Paul, of Riders In The Sky–is born in Nashville. The comedic trio reverently re-creates western music, joining the Grand Ole Opry in
Aug 23, 1952
Kitty Wells becomes the first woman to reach #1 on the Billboard country chart with “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels”

Aug 23, 1969
Stand-up bass player Barry Bales is born in Kingsport, Tennessee. He becomes a member of Alison Krauss’ bluegrass band, Union Station, performing on “When You Say Nothing At All” and The Soggy Bottom Boys’ “I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow”
Aug 23, 1969
Johnny Cash climbs to #1 on the Billboard country chart with “A Boy Named Sue”

Aug 23, 1975
Glen Campbell’s “Rhinestone Cowboy” rides to #1 on the Billboard country chart
Aug 23, 1978
ABC releases Roy Clark & Buck Trent’s “Banjo Bandits” album
Aug 23, 1980
Eddie Rabbitt parks himself at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “Drivin’ My Life Away”

Aug 23, 1994
Epic releases Patty Loveless’ album “When Fallen Angels Fly”
Aug 23, 2000
George Jones overdubs his voice on “Too Country,” a song for Brad Paisley’s album “Part II,” in Nashville
Aug 23, 2001
Bill Monroe’s childhood home in Rosine, Kentucky, is opened to the public after undergoing a restoration. On hand for the ceremonies: Ricky Skaggs, Tom T. Hall and three members of Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys
Aug 23, 2004
Businessman Bob McLean, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, agrees to pay $575,000 for Mother Maybelle Carter’s 1928 Gibson guitar and donate it for permanent display at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum