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George Jones & Melba Montgomery record We Must Have Been Out Of Our Minds at the Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville.

Ronnie Milsap recorded the Eddie Rabbitt-penned Pure Love and the Kris Kristofferson-written Please Don’t Tell Me How The Story Ends in 1974.

In 1975 Earl Scruggs began recording a 25th anniversary album with a band that included sons Gary and Randy Scruggs. It also features Billy Joel, Charlie Daniels, Alvin Lee, Roger McGuinn, Bonnie Bramlett, Tracy Nelson and Buffy Sainte-Marie, among others.

Mickey Gilley recorded Window Up Above during an evening session at Nashville’s RCA Studio B in 1975.

Sara Carter died in Lodi, CA in 1979. She was a member of The Carter Family, which recorded such classics as Wildwood Flower and Will The Circle Be Unbroken and entered the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1970.

Reba McEntire earned her first #1 single on the Billboard country chart with Can’t Even Get The Blues in 1983.


Luther Perkins was born in 1928. The guitarist played an essential role in defining Johnny Cash’s “boom-chicka-boom” rockabilly sound, beginning in 1955. Perkins is lauded in the title of Cash’s Top 10 1959 single Luther Played The Boogie.

Elvis Presley was born at home in East Tupelo, MS in 1935. Before emerging as the “King of Rock & Roll,” Presley made inroads in country music, where he returned during his latter years. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998.

Eleanor Johnston was born in Peoria, IL in 1940. As Cristy Lane, she achieved her biggest sales in late-night TV ads, many hinging on her most successful recording, the gospel-tinged single, One Day At A Time.