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Jul 13, 1942
Roger McGuinn is born in Chicago. A primary member of the country-rock band The Byrds, McGuinn joins ex-Byrd Chris Hillman and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on the 1989 hit “You Ain’t Going Nowhere”
Jul 13, 1944
Bobby G. Rice is born in Boscobel, Wisconsin. He earns four Top 10 recordings from 1972-1975, the biggest coming with “You Lay So Easy On My Mind”
Jul 13, 1954
Louise Mandrell is born in Corpus Christi, Texas. Barbara Mandrell’s sister collects five solo hits in the 1980s, including “Save Me” and “I’m Not Through Loving You Yet.” She also adds backing vocals on Merle Haggard’s “Always Wanting You”


Jul 13, 1959
Guitarist Brent Mason is born in Vanwert, Ohio. His credits include Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochee,” plus recordings by Brooks & Dunn, Shania Twain and George Strait, leading him to win the Country Music Association’s Musician of the Year twice
Jul 13, 1962
Songwriter Victoria Shaw is born in Manhattan, New York. Her credits include “The River,” by Garth Brooks; “Too Busy Bein’ In Love,” by Doug Stone; and “I Love The Way You Love Me,” by John Michael Montgomery
Jul 13, 1962
Rhonda Vincent is born in Kirksville, Missouri. She emerges as a major bluegrass talent in the 1990s and 2000s, and contributes to the Grammy-winning country album “Lovin’, Livin’, Losin’: Songs Of The Louvin Brothers”

Jul 13, 1971
“Hee Haw,” featuring co-hosts Buck Owens and Roy Clark, makes its final network TV appearance, as CBS decides to “de-ruralize” its lineup. The show subsequently goes into syndication
Jul 13, 1977
The Country Music Association denies a request by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson to have their names removed from the awards ballot. The two say they oppose competition among artists and specifically do not want to compete with each other
Jul 13, 1993
RCA releases Clint Black’s “No Time To Kill” album

Jul 13, 1995
Two women suffocate their 86-year-old landlady in a Cincinnati suburb, intending to rob her. The crime is part of an elaborate plot, in which they intend to take hostages at the Grand Ole Opry and force authorities to bring Reba McEntire to meet them
Jul 13, 1996
Promoters claim 225,000 people attend the Atlanta Motor Speedway for a concert featuring Alan Jackson, Hank Williams Jr., Alabama, Pam Tillis, Patty Loveless, Lee Roy Parnell, The Charlie Daniels Band, Tracy Byrd, Kenny Chesney and Mac Davis
Jul 13, 1996
Shania Twain owns the #1 position in Billboard with “No One Needs To Know”
Jul 13, 2002
Brad Paisley hooks the #1 slot on the Billboard country chart with “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song)”

Jul 13, 2021
Toby Keith and Rhett Akins are revealed as 2021 inductees in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, along with Christian artist Amy Grant and songwriters Buddy Cannon and John Scott Sherill