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February 10

Eddie Rabbitt began a three-week stay at #1 on Billboard’s country chart with the theme from the Clint Eastwood movie Every Which Way But Loose in 1979.

George Jones showed up late in Jackson, MS, for a 1983 hearing on cocaine possession charges from the previous March.

Record producer “Uncle” Art Satherley died at his home in Fountain Valley, CA. Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1971, he ran Columbia Records’ country efforts from 1938-1952, producing Bob Wills, Gene Autry, Bill Monroe and others.

MCA released Reba McEntire’s Whoever’s In New England album in 1986.

Randy Travis earned his first platinum album in 1987, honoring Storms Of Life.

Marty Stuart and Merle Haggard recorded together for the first time in 2003. The Nashville session featured Farmer’s Blues, written by Stuart with his wife, Connie Smith.

Nettwerk released Old Crow Medicine Show’s Wagon Wheel in 2004.

Bob Wills nabbed a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in a Recording Academy merit award event at Los Angeles’ Wilshire Ebell Theatre in 2007. Other honorees: , with Booker T. & The MG’s, Joan Baez and The Grateful Dead, Estelle Axton and Stephen Sondheim¬†

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Bass player and supporting vocalist Kenny Edwards was born in Santa Monica, CA in 1946. He appears on hits by Linda Ronstadt, David Lee Murphy, Kathy Mattea, Wynonna and The Charlie Daniels Band.

Bass player Chris Ethridge was born in Meridian, MS in 1947. He co-founded The Flying Burrito Brothers and plays on a bundle of Willie Nelson hits, including Blue Skies, Georgia On My Mind and Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain.