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Porter Wagoner made his Grand Ole Opry debut in 1955.

Carl Perkins had his first recording session for Sun Records on January 22, 1955.

Patsy Cline wrote to friend Louise Seger in 1962 and talked about a 13-year-old steel guitarist rooming with her on a tour that includes Johnny Cash, George Jones and Carl Perkins: “Looks like a blonde doll. And, boy, what a showman.” The kid: Barbara Mandrell

George Jones recorded The Grand Tour at Columbia Studio B in Nashville in 1974.

Reba McEntire had her first recording session for Mercury Records at Nashville’s Woodland Sound Studios in 1976.

Dave & Sugar record a pair of hits in 1976, The Door Is Always Open and Don’t Throw It All Away.

David “Skull” Schulman was murdered at Skull’s Rainbow Room, a Printers’ Alley club he owned in 1998. He had ties to Mel Tillis and Tanya Tucker, and made several appearances on “Hee Haw”

Janette Carter, the last remaining offspring of The Carter Family, died at the Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport in 2006. The previous year, she received a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

RELEASED ON JANUARY 22nd

1982: MCA released The Oak Ridge Boys’ album Bobbie Sue

1991: RCA released Aaron Tippin’s first album, You’ve Got To Stand For Something, MCA releases Marty Stuart’s Tempted album and Arista released Pam Tillis’ Put Yourself In My Place album.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Sam Cooke was born in Clarksdale, MS in 1935. A highly regarded R&B vocalist, Cooke had two songs covered in the country charts: Bring It On Home To Me by Mickey Gilley and Good Times by Dan Seals

Guitarist Al Bruno was born in Sudbury, Ontario in 1937. An 11-time winner of the Academy of Country Music’s Top Guitarist honor, he played on hits by Buck Owens, Charlie Rich and Bobbie Gentry.

Exile lead vocalist J.P. Pennington was born in Berea, KY in 1949. Founded in 1963, Exile became one of country’s top groups during the 1980s, with Pennington and bass player Sonny Lemaire co-writing the bulk of the band’s hook-filled hits. 

Alabama bass player Teddy Gentry was born in Fort Payne, AL in 1952. The band became the hottest country act of the 1980s, eventually entering the Country Music Hall of Fame.