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Jul 27, 1920
Homer Haynes, of Homer & Jethro, is born in Knoxville, Tennessee. For nearly 40 years beginning in the ’30s, the duo specializes in musical parodies such as “The Battle Of Kookamonga,” a Grammy-winning satire of “The Battle Of New Orleans”
Jul 27, 1928
Guitar manufacturer C.F. Martin presents a special Martin 000-45 guitar to Jimmie Rodgers with the word “Thanks” hand-painted on the back. The guitar is later handed down to Ernest Tubb by Rodgers’ widow, Carrie
Jul 27, 1944
Roberta Streeter–a.k.a. Bobbie Gentry–is born in Chickasaw, Mississippi. She wins three Grammys in 1968, including Best New Artist, on the heels of her suspenseful hit “Ode To Billie Joe.” Gentry’s song “Fancy” later becomes a hit for Reba McEntire


Jul 27, 1956
Buddy Holly records “That’ll Be The Day” for Decca Records in Nashville. That version is not released, as producer Owen Bradley calls it “the worst song I’ve ever heard”
Jul 27, 1956
Guitarist Duncan Cameron is born in Utica, New York. Following a tour of duty with The Amazing Rhythm Aces, he joins Sawyer Brown in 1991, contributing to “Thank God For You,” “Treat Her Right” and “The Boys And Me”
Jul 27, 1957
Bill Engvall is born in Galveston, Texas. He emerges in 1997 with the album “Here’s Your Sign” to become a major country comic
Jul 27, 1963
“Ring Of Fire” burns the name of Johnny Cash into the #1 position on the Billboard country singles chart
Jul 27, 1976
Johnny Cash and June Carter begin a week of filming in Los Angeles for an episode of “Little House On The Prairie”

Jul 27, 1979
Mel Tillis has a supporting role as “The Villain”–starring Kirk Douglas, Ann-Margret and Arnold Schwarzenegger–debuts in theaters
Jul 27, 1987
Columbia releases Ricky Van Shelton’s “Somebody Lied”
Jul 27, 1988
Capitol releases Tanya Tucker’s “Strong Enough To Bend” album
Jul 27, 1989
Kenny Rogers’ ex-drummer, Bobby Daniels, is found guilty in Nashville for the murder of his ex-wife, Sylvia Coakley, and sentenced to 35 years in prison
Jul 27, 1991
Ricky Van Shelton nets a #1 country single in Billboard with “I Am A Simple Man”

Jul 27, 1992
Billy Ray Cyrus tells The Tennessean why he low-keyed criticism from Travis Tritt in June: “My daddy told me a long time ago that if you stomp on (bleep), it will only smell worse. So I took one look at that pile and just walked around it”
Jul 27, 1993
Arista Records releases Steve Wariner’s “Drive” album
Jul 27, 2002
Kenny Chesney’s “The Good Stuff” begins a seven-week ride at the top of the Billboard country list

Jul 27, 2008
Jimmy Carter comes on stage to play harmonica behind Willie Nelson on “Georgia On My Mind” during a concert at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta. Nelson shares top billing with B.B. King, collaborating on “Night Life” and “The Thrill Is Gone”