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Aug 27, 1924
Oliver “Mooney” Lynn is born in Kentucky. He later marries Loretta Lynn and inspires her rise as a country singer
Aug 27, 1925
Carter Stanley is born in Stratton, Virginia. With sibling Ralph Stanley, he forms The Stanley Brothers, a bluegrass outfit that rivals Bill Monroe’s and influences the harmonies of future country star Ricky Skaggs
Aug 27, 1937
J.D. Crowe is born in Lexington, Kentucky. His bluegrass band The New South provides a formative stepping stone for such country figures as Ricky Skaggs, Keith Whitley and Diamond Rio’s Gene Johnson
Aug 27, 1949
Guitarist/vocalist Jeff Cook is born in Fort Payne, Alabama. He founds the band Alabama with two cousins, grabbing multiple Entertainer of the Year awards on their way to the Country Music Hall of Fame
Aug 27, 1955
George Jones records “Why Baby Why” and “What Am I Worth” at the Goldstar Recording Studio in Houston

Aug 27, 1957
Bill Anderson writes “City Lights” on the roof of the Hotel Andrew Jackson in Commerce, Georgia
Aug 27, 1960
“The Louisiana Hayride” is canceled in Shreveport. The “Hayride” had provided competition for the Grand Ole Opry, and groomed such stars as Elvis Presley, Jim Reeves and Hank Williams
Aug 27, 1964
Johnny Cash and June Carter record Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me, Babe” at the Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville
Aug 27, 1977
Crystal Gayle begins a four-week stay at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue”

Aug 27, 1978
Eric Allen is born in Flint, Michigan. He becomes lead singer Whitey Morgan of Whitey Morgan and the 78s.
Aug 27, 1982
MCA releases Barbara Mandrell’s gospel album “He Set My Life To Music”
Aug 27, 1990
Capitol releases Garth Brooks’ album “No Fences”
Aug 27, 1990
Rock guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan dies in a helicopter crash in East Troy, Wisconsin. His keyboard player, Reese Wynans, goes into a one-year depression before moving to Nashville, where he plays on hits by Montgomery Gentry, Trisha Yearwood, John Michael Montgomery and Lee Roy Parnell

Aug 27, 1991
Warner Bros. releases Randy Travis’ single “Forever Together” and the “High Lonesome” album
Aug 27, 1993
“The Thing Called Love” opens. Based on Nashville’s The Bluebird Cafe, it features K.T. Oslin and Trisha Yearwood on screen, and becomes actor River Phoenix’s last movie. In the soundtrack: Clay Walker’s “Dreaming With My Eyes Wide Open”
Aug 27, 1996
MCA releases Trisha Yearwood’s “Everybody Knows” album
Aug 27, 1996
Warner Bros. releases Travis Tritt’s album “The Restless Kind”
Aug 27, 1996
Warner Bros. releases Jeff Foxworthy’s comedy project “Crank It Up: The Music Album.” It includes guest appearances by Alan Jackson, Little Texas, The Beach Boys, Mac Wiseman and Del McCoury