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July 5

Jul 5, 1912
Songwriter Mack David is born in New York City. In addition to plenty of film music, he writes such country hits as The Judds’ “Born To Be Blue,” Marty Robbins’ “The Hanging Tree” and Barbara Mandrell’s “Happy Birthday Dear Heartache”
Jul 5, 1939
Record producer Thomas “Snuff” Garrett is born in Dallas, Texas. His credits include Tanya Tucker’s “Lizzie And The Rainman,” David Frizzell & Shelly West’s “You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma” and The Statler Brothers’ “Charlotte’s Web”
Jul 5, 1939
The Grand Ole Opry moves from the Dixie Tabernacle in East Nashville to the War Memorial Auditorium downtown, where it remains for five years, until moving again to the Ryman Auditorium
Jul 5, 1954
Elvis Presley records “That’s All Right” at Memphis’ Sun Recording Studio

Jul 5, 1969
Jack Greene stands tall at #1 on the Billboard country chart with “Statue Of A Fool”
Jul 5, 1972
Epic releases the George Jones & Tammy Wynette album “Me And The First Lady”
Jul 5, 1975
Tanya Tucker’s “Lizzie And The Rainman” goes to #1 on the Billboard country chart
Jul 5, 1979
While wrangling over a $3-million lawsuit filed by Porter Wagoner, Dolly Parton says she signed the 1970 deal under “mental intimidation” from Wagoner. She also charges he voided the deal by tearing it up in front of her
Jul 5, 1979
Merle Haggard records “The Way I Am” in Nashville

Jul 5, 1980
John Conlee makes his Grand Ole Opry debut
Jul 5, 1980
George Jones takes his signature song, “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
Jul 5, 1986
Dan Seals rides to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold)”

Jul 5, 1990
Gilley’s club, the catalyst for the movie “Urban Cowboy,” is destroyed by fire in Pasadena, Texas. A 16-year-old is arrested and charged with arson
Jul 5, 1995
A Davidson County judge signs an order setting aside 12-year-old LeAnn Rimes’ minority status, allowing her to sign with Curb Records
Jul 5, 1999
Dolly Parton begins shooting “Blue Valley Songbird,” a Lifetime Channel movie, in Nashville. Also appearing in the picture: Billy Dean, Ed Bruce, fiddler Sam Bush and music publisher Charlie Monk