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February 6

George Jones joined The Louisiana Hayride in 1956.

Dolly Parton scored her first #1 single in Billboard with Joshua in 1971.

Tom T. Hall recorded Ravishing Ruby at Mercury’s Nashville studio in 1973.

Ronnie Milsap joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1976. Ronnie remembers the evening fondly… He said, “The night he inducted me into the Grand Ole Opry, Roy Acuff said, ‘You know he plays the piano and it won’t be but a time or two coming out here on the Grand Ole Opry stage and he’ll be able to find his piano every time. The problem is, they keep moving the damn thing!’

George Jones records He Stopped Loving Her Today at the Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville. That same day he bet producer Billy Sherrill that the record won’t go to #1. No word on how much money he lost on that bet.

Patty Loveless quietly married record producer Emory Gordy in Gatlinburg in 1989.

MCA released George Strait’s Beyond The Blue Neon album in 1989.

Collin Raye recorded I Think About You and Not That Different in Nashville

Don Henley and Glenn Frey fired guitarist Don Felder from The Eagles in 2001. Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh remain in the band, although they were considered hired guns, and not members of the corporation.

Ring Of Fire songwriter Merle Kilgore died of congestive heart failure in Mexico, where he sought radical cancer treatment in 2005. The manager of Hank Williams Jr., he also wrote More And More, Wolverton Mountain and Let Somebody Else Drive.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Record executive Irving Green was born in Brooklyn, NY IN 1916. In Chicago during 1944, he founded Mercury Records, a label associated with such acts as Patti Page, Shania Twain, Toby Keith, The Statler Brothers and Sammy Kershaw

Songwriter Earl “Peanutt” Montgomery was born in 1941. His credits include Emmylou Harris’ One Of These Days, Tanya Tucker’s What’s Your Mama’s Name and George Jones & Tammy Wynette’s We’re Gonna Hold On.