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Jul 29, 1948
Hank Williams makes his last appearance as a disc jockey on WSFA in Montgomery, Alabama
Jul 29, 1966
Martina McBride is born in Medicine Lodge, Kansas. The diminutive powerhouse claims the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year award four times behind such message-soaked singles as “Independence Day” and “A Broken Wing”

Jul 29, 1968
Gram Parsons quits The Byrds rather than join the band in apartheid-torn South Africa. He goes on to form The Flying Burrito Brothers, a pioneering band in the development of country-rock
Jul 29, 1975
Crystal Gayle records “I’ll Get Over You” at the Jack Clement Studios in Nashville
Jul 29, 1981
George Jones performs at Pee Wee’s dinner club in Nashville. It marks the first performance by Lorrie Morgan as a back-up singer in his band
Jul 29, 1983
MCA releases John Conlee’s “In My Eyes” album

Jul 29, 1983
MCA releases the Barbara Mandrell album “Spun Gold”
Jul 29, 1986
Singer/songwriter Paul Davis is shot in the parking lot of Nashville’s Quality Inn Hall of Fame Motel. The assault comes as Tanya Tucker is succeeding with Davis’ song “Just Another Love”
Jul 29, 1989
Reba McEntire hits #1 on the Billboard country chart with a remake of the old Everly Brothers hit “Cathy’s Clown”
Jul 29, 1992
Joe Diffie records “Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox (If I Die)”

Jul 29, 1997
RCA releases Clint Black’s “Nothin’ But The Taillights” album
Jul 29, 1999
Anita Carter dies at home in Nashville. She joined mother Maybelle, plus sisters June and Helen Carter in The Carter Sisters, and scored a trio of hits between 1951 and 1968, two of them in duets with Hank Snow and Waylon Jennings
Jul 29, 2004
“Blue Collar TV,” starring Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry The Cable Guy, debuts on the WB
Jul 29, 2018
Songwriter Ronnie Samoset dies. He authored Doug Stone’s “A Jukebox With A Country Song,” Sawyer Brown’s “(This Thing Called) Wantin’ And Havin’ It All” and Patty Loveless’ “I’m That Kind Of Girl”