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January 25

In 1957 Marty Robbins started an overnight session at the Columbia Studio in New York that yielded three singles: Please Don’t Blame Me, Teen-Age Dream and A White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation).

United Artists released the first Kenny Rogers & Dottie West duet, Every Time Two Fools Collide in 1978.

MCA released George Strait’s remake of the Bob Wills classic Right Or Wrong in 1984.

Emmylou Harris joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1992.

Tracy Lawrence made his first appearance at #1 in Billboard with Sticks And Stones in 1992.

Kris Kristofferson received the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014, along with The Beatles and The Isley Brothers. Producer Rick Hall was honored with a Trustees Award.

Mary Tyler Moore died at Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut in 2017. Best known for her acting in The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, she also founded the 1980s label MTM Records, netting hits for Holly Dunn, Judy Rodman and Schuyler, Knobloch & Overstreet.

RECORDED ON JANUARY 25th

1967: Charley Pride recorded I Know One

1978: Ronnie Milsap records “Only One Love In My Life” in a 2 p.m. session at Woodland Sound in Nashville

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Steel guitar player Wesley “Speedy” West was born in Springfield, MO in 1924. He worked with Spade Cooley and Hank Penny, recorded a series of instrumentals with Jimmy Bryant, and produced Loretta Lynn’s first single, Honky Tonk Girl.

Claude Gray was born in Henderson, TX in 1932. Nicknamed “The Tall Texan,” he recorded four hits during the 1960s, including the Willie Nelson-penned Family Bible and the Roger Miller-penned My Ears Should Burn (When Fools Are Talked About).

Songwriter/keyboard player Bobby Wood was born near New Albany, MS in 1941. He wrote Crystal Gayle’s Half The Way and Ronnie Milsap’s He Got You, and played on Willie Nelson’s Always On My Mind, Garth Brooks’ The Dance and Elvis Presley’s Kentucky Rain.