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July 10

Jul 10, 1929
Colleen Carroll is born. She signs in the 1950s with Capitol Records, the same label that ultimately launches the career of her son, Garth Brooks
Jul 10, 1938
Songwriter/guitarist Dave Kirby is born in Brady, Texas. A nephew of Big Bill Lister, he authors “Is Anybody Goin’ To San Antone” and “There Ain’t No Good Chain Gang,” playing on hits by George Strait, Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton, among others
Jul 10, 1951
Singer/songwriter Cheryl Wheeler is born in Timonium, Maryland. She writes Dan Seals’ 1988 hit “Addicted” and Suzy Bogguss’ 1992 recording “Aces”
Jul 10, 1952
Hank and Audrey Williams are divorced for the second–and final–time
Jul 10, 1952
Tennessee Ernie Ford records “Blackberry Boogie” at the Capitol Studios on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood
Jul 10, 1954
Songwriter/producer Robert Byrne is born in Detroit, Michigan. Among his credits: Earl Thomas Conley’s “What I’d Say,” Shenandoah’s “Two Dozen Roses,” Ronnie Milsap’s “How Do I Turn You On” and The Forester Sisters’ “Men”
Jul 10, 1958
Banjo player Bela Fleck is born in New York City. A member of the progressive bluegrass band New Grass Revival and the jazz act Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, he plays on recordings by Garth Brooks, Kathy Mattea, Randy Travis and Ricky Skaggs

Jul 10, 1961
Spade Cooley’s murder trial, in which he’s accused of killing his wife, begins in Kern County, California. He’s sentenced to prison the following month
Jul 10, 1963
Ernest Tubb records “Thanks A Lot” at the Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville
Jul 10, 1965
Ken Mellons is born in Kingsport, Tennessee. The deep-voiced singer earns a 1994 hit with “Jukebox Junkie”

Jul 10, 1970
Johnny Cash records Kris Kristofferson’s “Sunday Morning Coming Down” at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville
Jul 10, 1974
Porter Wagoner introduces Barbara Lea as the replacement for Dolly Parton on his live shows and his syndicated television program. Parton will continue, however, to record with Wagoner
Jul 10, 1975
Conway Twitty records “This Time I’ve Hurt Her More Than She Loves Me” at Bradley’s Barn in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee
Jul 10, 1980
Eddie Rabbitt hosts his first TV special, “The Eddie Rabbitt Show,” on NBC. Guests include: Emmylou Harris, Jerry Lee Lewis, Henny Youngman and Stockard Channing

Jul 10, 1984
Drummer Jim Gordon is sentenced to 16 years to life for brutally murdering his mother with a hammer and a knife in a schizophrenic rage. Gordon played on country hits by Glen Campbell, Merle Haggard, Gordon Lighftoot and Lynn Anderson
Jul 10, 1993
John Anderson deposits “Money In The Bank” at #1 on the Billboard country chart
Jul 10, 2014
Garth Brooks announces he’s partnered with Sony Music to release his comeback album as he prepares to tour again, ending a retirement from the road that lasted more than a decade