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Aug 30, 1919
Muriel Deason is born in Nashville. Known publicly as Kitty Wells, her 1952 single “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” is the hallmark of a Hall of Fame career that brings her 13 years of hits and the nickname the Queen of Country Music
Aug 30, 1946
The Hager Twins–Jim and Jon–are born in Chicago. After Buck Owens sees them performing at Disneyland, the identical twins become regulars on “Hee Haw”
Aug 30, 1949
Hank Williams records “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It” and “I Just Don’t Like This Kind Of Livin"” during an afternoon session at the E.T. Herzog Studio in Cincinnati

Aug 30, 1957
Buck Owens holds his inaugural recording session for Capitol Records at the label’s studio in Los Angeles
Aug 30, 1957
The Maddox Brothers & Rose conduct their final recording session at Radio Recorders in Los Angeles
Aug 30, 1968
Columbia releases The Byrds’ “Sweetheart Of The Rodeo,” a landmark album in the growth of country-rock as a genre
Aug 30, 1968
Loretta Lynn records “Your Squaw Is On The Warpath” in an evening session at Bradley’s Barn in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee
Aug 30, 1969
Johnny Cash appears on the cover of TV Guide
Aug 30, 1971
Merle Haggard records “Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man)” at the Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood

Aug 30, 1973
George Jones & Tammy Wynette record “(We’re Not) The Jet Set” in a 10 a.m. session at Nashville’s Columbia Recording Studios
Aug 30, 1980
Alabama records “Love In The First Degree”
Aug 30, 1988
RCA releases K.T. Oslin’s “This Woman” album
Aug 30, 1991
When her Chrysler breaks down, Dottie West hitches a ride to the Grand Ole Opry from passing driver George Thackston. He has an accident on the Opry’s exit ramp, and West is hospitalized with a lacerated liver. She dies five days later
Aug 30, 1996
“Sling Blade” premieres at the Telluride Film Festival, featuring Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, Robert Duvall and Tex Ritter’s son, John Ritter. The movie also includes a performance of “Shenandoah” by Emmylou Harris

Aug 30, 1997
Kenny Chesney picks up his first #1 single in Billboard: “She’s Got It All”
Aug 30, 2004
Kris Kristofferson and former record executive Jim Foglesong are named the 2004 inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame
Aug 30, 2005
Arista releases Brooks & Dunn’s “Hillbilly Deluxe” album
Aug 30, 2011
Surfdog releases Glen Campbell’s final new studio album, “Ghost On The Canvas”
Aug 30, 2016
Jeannie Seely and Country Music Hall of Fame part-timer Ron Harman place a cross at the exit to the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville 25 years after Dottie West suffered a life-ending car accident at that spot