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In 1953 Marty Robbins moved to Nashville from Arizona. That same day, he joined the Grand Ole Opry.

EMI announced it would gain controlling interest of Capitol Records in 1954. The label already represented Merle Travis and Tennessee Ernie Ford, and would go on to house such artists as Garth Brooks, Merle Haggard and Buck Owens.

George Jones had his first recording session in 1954. He recorded No Money In This Deal at a makeshift studio in the home of Starday Records co-owner Jack Starnes.

Johnny Cash made his first network TV appearance, on CBS’ The Jackie Gleason Show in 1957. He sang I Walk The Line. Also appearing on the broadcast: Johnny Horton and Marty Robbins.

Ralph Sylvester Peer died in 1960 in Hollywood. Peer coined the phrase “hillbilly music” and produced the first recordings of Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family at The Bristol Sessions in 1927. He was inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1984.

King of the tube: Roger Miller hosted a TV special in 1966. It was the first color 30-minute special in NBC’s history.

Ray Stevens and the Mike Curb Congregation performed at an inaugural ceremony for president Richard Nixon at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 1973. Stevens cut his set short, angered when vice president Spiro Agnew left early.

Dolly Parton made her first appearance with Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show in 1977…on her 31st birthday.

A few years later in 1986 on her 40th birthday, Dolly began recording the Trio album with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris.

VH1 premiered Travis Tritt’s Take It Easy video in 1994. It’s credited with reuniting The Eagles following “a 14-year hiatus”

Carl Perkins died at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, TN in 1998 following a series of strokes. He is recognized as one of the pioneers of rockabilly music, best known for his hit Blue Suede Shoes.

Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Tim Rushlow and Restless Heart’s Larry Stewart perform during the Black Tie & Boots inaugural ball in Washington, D.C. in 2017, as Donald Trump becomes president. Also appearing are Kevin Fowler, Richie McDonald and Cody Canada & The Departed.

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Record producer Ken Nelson was born in Caledonia, MN in 1911. Instrumental in building Capitol Records’ country division, he oversaw sessions for such acts as Sonny James, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and Ferlin Husky on his way to membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Emmett Miller recorded Right Or Wrong in a New York studio in 1929. The song became a western swing standard for Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys and a 1984 country hit for George Strait.

Stu Phillips was born in Montreal in 1933. In 1967 he joined Hank Snow as the only Canadian members of the Grand Ole Opry – he’d later become an American citizen during the late-1990s.

Charlie Waller was born in Jointerville, TX in 1935. He became a founding member of the Country Gentlemen, a significant bluegrass group that goes on to include Ricky Skaggs and Keith Whitley among its members.

Phil Everly, of The Everly Brothers, was born in Chicago in 1939. Along with older brother Don, The Everlys’ harmonies become an influential sound, gaining them membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Dolly Parton was born in Sevier County, TN in 1946. First gaining attention as a duet partner with Porter Wagoner, she melds a big personality with talents in performing, writing and acting on her way into in the Country Music Hall of Fame.