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Buck Owens recorded Act Naturally at the Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood in 1963. The session also included his first attempt at My Heart Skips A Beat.

Olivia Newton-John recorded If You Love Me (Let Me Know) in 1974.

RCA released Ray Stevens’ album Shriner’s Convention in 1980

Crystal Gayle went to #1 single in Billboard with a song written by Rodney Crowell – ‘Til I Can Gain Control Again

Travis Tritt became the host of VH1’s Country Countdown in 1994.

The Gaither Music Group released Joey+Rory’s gospel album Hymns That Are Important To Us in 2016.

Daryle Singletary died at his home in Lebanon, TN in 2018. The rich-voiced traditional singer earned three hits in the mid-1990s: I Let Her Lie, Too Much Fun and Amen Kind Of Love

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Record executive Steve Sholes was born in Washington, D.C. in 1911. Best known for bringing Elvis Presley to RCA in 1955, he also worked with the likes of Hank Snow, Eddy Arnold and Chet Atkins. Sholes joined the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1967.

Actor Lorne Greene was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in 1925. He portrayed Ben Cartwright in the long-running western TV series Bonanza, which features a theme song by guitarist Joe Maphis. Greene also recorded Ringo, a western recitation

Bluegrass vocalist Harley “Red” Allen was born in Perry County, KY in 1930. He worked with the likes of Jimmy Martin and The Osborne Brothers, appearing on their bluegrass classic Ruby, Are You Mad?

Jay Lee Webb was born in Butcher Holler, KY in 1937. The younger brother of Loretta Lynn, and older brother of Crystal Gayle charted three singles between 1967-1971.

Songwriter Taylor Rhodes was born in 1953. He played drums for The Earl Scruggs Revue for two years in the late-1970s before going on to write pop hits for Aerosmith and Celine Dion.

Pianist and composer Billy Stritch was born in Houston, TX in 1962. A boyfriend and musical partner for Liza Minnelli, he wrote Reba McEntire’s 1993 duet with Linda Davis, Does He Love You.

Moe Bandy was born in Meridian, MS in 1944. He thrived as a honky-tonk singer during the late-1970s and early-’80s with a string of hits dominated by cheatin’-themed singles and good-ol’-boy duets with Joe Stampley. We love Moe!