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Aug 3, 1924
Gordon Stoker, of The Jordanaires, is born in Gleason, Tennessee. The quartet sings back-up on singles by Elvis Presley, Kenny Rogers, Jimmy Dean and Tammy Wynette, among others, gaining enrollment in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001
Aug 3, 1927
Bristol Sessions
Jimmie Rodgers auditions for record producer Ralph Peer in Bristol, Tennessee. He receives a thumbs-up, leading to a historic recording session the following day
Aug 3, 1953
Songwriter/guitarist/producer Randy Scruggs is born to Earl Scruggs in Nashville. His credits include George Strait’s “Heartland,” Vince Gill’s “Go Rest High On That Mountain” and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Volume 2”

Aug 3, 1964
The Country Music Foundation registers its charter in the state of Tennessee, paving the way for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Aug 3, 1966
Lonestar’s keyboard player Dean Sams is born in Garland, Texas. Winners of the Academy of Country Music’s Best New Group or Duo for 1995, the band earns hits with “Tequila Talkin’,” “No News” and the pop crossover single “Amazed”
Aug 3, 1968
Johnny Cash guitarist Luther Perkins is burned over 50% of his body when he falls asleep smoking a cigarette at his home in Nashville. He is rushed to Vanderbilt Medical Center, but dies two days later
Aug 3, 1971
Loretta Lynn records “One’s On The Way” in an evening session at Bradley’s Barn in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. She also makes her first attempt at recording “Rated ‘X"”
Aug 3, 1974
Billy “Crash” Craddock’s signature song, “Rub It In,” reaches #1 on the Billboard country singles chart

Aug 3, 1977
Bobby Bare records Billy Joe Shaver’s “I’m Just An Old Chunk Of Coal (But I’m Gonna Be A Diamond Someday)” at the Jack Clement Studios in Nashville. More than three years later, John Anderson turns it into a hit
Aug 3, 1979
Mac Davis has his first movie role, portraying a professional quarterback in the debut of “North Dallas Forty”
Aug 3, 1980
Marty Robbins finishes 13th in a 1978 Dodge Magnum at the Talladega 500, held at the Alabama International Speedway in Talladega
Aug 3, 1985
Alabama works its way to #1 on the Billboard country chart with “Forty Hour Week (For A Livin’)”

Aug 3, 1991
Johnny Lee makes his Grand Ole Opry debut
Aug 3, 1991
Steel guitarist Doyle Turner, who played in Hank Williams’ band for two years in the mid-’40s, dies in Panama City, Florida. His son, steel player Robby Turner, will appear on hits by Mark Chesnutt, A Thousand Horses, Travis Tritt and Gary Allan
Aug 3, 1991
Trisha Yearwood’s name appears at #1 in Billboard for the first time with her single “She’s In Love With The Boy”
Aug 3, 1993
Giant releases Clay Walker’s self-titled debut album
Aug 3, 1999
Patsy Cline receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Aug 3, 1999
Rounder releases Alison Krauss’ solo album “Forget About It”