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Jerry Lee Lewis made his Grand Ole Opry debut in 1973. He broke two promises that night: 1) He won’t sing rock & roll and 2) he won’t swear. The set list included Another Place, Another Time, Johnny B. Goode, Great Balls Of Fire and Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On.

Billy Ray Cyrus began a two-day video shoot for Achy Breaky Heart at the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland, KY in 1992.

Martina McBride recorded Independence Day in 1993.

Producer, songwriter and musician Larry Butler die at his Pensacola, FL home in 2012. He produced Kenny Rogers, John Denver and Johnny Cash and co-wrote B.J. Thomas’ (Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song.

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Otis Whitman was born in Tampa in 1924. Known professionally as Slim Whitman, the yodeler joined The Louisiana Hayride and scored eight hits in the 1950s, extending his career in the early-1980s by marketing his recordings on television commercials.

John Michael Montgomery was born in Danville, KY in 1965. His hits I Love The Way You Love Me, I Swear and I Can Love You Like That make him one of the top balladeers of the 1990s.