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Marty Robbins debuted on the Grand Ole Opry in 1953, performing Ain’t You Ashamed and Good Night Cincinnati, Good Mornin’ Tennessee

Jim Reeves recorded Four Walls during the evening at the RCA Studios in Nashville in 1957.

The day of Buddy Holly’s funeral in 1959, his band–including Waylon Jennings–is forced to stay on the road, playing the Val Air Ballroom in Des Moines.

Patsy Cline had what proved to be the last recording session of her career at Nashville’s Columbia Recording Studio in 1963. That day she cut He Called Me Baby, a future hit for Charlie Rich. Her final song in the studio: I’ll Sail My Ship Alone.

Billy “Crash” Craddock records I Love The Blues And The Boogie Woogie and his biggest hit, Rub It In, in an evening at Nashville’s Woodland Sound in 1974.

John Conlee joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1981.

Johnny Paycheck began serving a prison sentence in Chillicothe, OH in 1989. He was sent behind bars for shooting a man at the North High Lounge in Hillsboro in December 1985.

Mercury released Shania Twain’s album The Woman In Me in 1995.


Tony Booth was born in Tampa, FL in 1943. He enjoyed three minor hits in 1972, including The Key’s In The Mailbox, and went on to become the leader of Gene Watson’s Farewell Party Band.

Sammy Johns was born in Charlotte, NC in 1946. Best known for his pop hit Chevy Van, he went on to write the country hits Common Man by John Conlee; America by Waylon Jennings; and Desperado Love by Conway Twitty.

Garth Brooks was born in Tulsa, OK in 1962. Following his 1989 debut, he sold more than 100 million albums, winning multiple Entertainer of the Year awards from the CMA and ACM, leading the biggest boom in country’s history during the early-’90s.