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Jul 6, 1940
Jeannie Seely is born in Titusville, Pennsylvania. A year after moving to Nashville, she gains a Top 10 recording with “Don’t Touch Me,” propelling her to membership in the Grand Ole Opry and a Grammy award


Jul 6, 1944
Fiddler Byron Berline is born in Caldwell, Kansas. He plays with such acts as Bill Monroe and The Dillards, and takes part in the Emmylou Harris hits “If I Could Only Win Your Love” and “One Of These Days”
Jul 6, 1956
Guitarist John Jorgenson is born in Madison, Wisconsin. He joins The Desert Rose Band, which fashions a string of 1980s hits, and plays on records by Pam Tillis, Rick Trevino and Mary Chapin Carpenter, among others
Jul 6, 1970
Capitol releases the Merle Haggard album “The Fightin’ Side Of Me”
Jul 6, 1970
Capitol releases Buck Owens’ album “The Kansas City Song”
Jul 6, 1974
Anne Murray registers her first #1 country single in Billboard with a remake of “He Thinks I Still Care”
Jul 6, 1976
Waylon Jennings & Johnny Cash record “There Ain’t No Good Chain Gang” and “I Wish I Was Crazy Again” at the House of Cash Studios in Hendersonville, Tennessee

Jul 6, 1978
Tammy Wynette marries songwriter/producer George Richey–a co-writer of such titles as “The Grand Tour,” “Soul Song” and “‘Til I Can Make It On My Own”–at her home in Jupiter Beach, Florida
Jul 6, 1978
Johnny Cash records two songs destined to become hits for other artists: “The Gambler,” which succeeds for Kenny Rogers; and the Rodney Crowell-penned “A Song For The Life,” a future hit for Alan Jackson. Jo-El Sonnier sits in on the session at the House of Cash in Hendersonville, Tennessee
Jul 6, 1982
Kenny Rogers attends the World’s Fair in Knoxville with wife Marianne to promote his new movie, “Six Pack”
Jul 6, 1984
Columbia releases Ray Charles’ “Friendship” album, featuring collaborations with Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr., George Jones, B.J. Thomas, Mickey Gilley, Janie Fricke, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ricky Skaggs, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard

Jul 6, 1985
Johnny Russell joins the Grand Ole Opry
Jul 6, 1990
MCA releases Mark Chesnutt’s first single, “Too Cold At Home”
Jul 6, 1991
Alan Jackson begins a three-week run at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “Don’t Rock The Jukebox”

Jul 6, 1992
Billy Ray Cyrus begins recording “It Won’t Be The Last,” the follow-up to his debut album, “Some Gave All”
Jul 6, 1992
Trisha Yearwood lip-synchs “Wrong Side Of Memphis” as the video is shot at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium

Jul 6, 1996
A monument is placed on the site near Camden, Tennessee, where Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Cowboy Copas and Randy Hughes lost their lives in a plane crash. Little Jimmy Dickens, Kitty Wells and Hawkins’ ex-wife, Jean Shepard, perform
Jul 6, 2001
Johnny Russell is buried in Nashville. Pallbearers include Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, Jim Ed Brown, Jack Greene, Billy Walker, Porter Wagoner, Bill Anderson and Little Jimmy Dickens. Vince Gill sings “Go Rest High On That Mountain” at the funeral
Jul 6, 2005
Alabama, The Jordanaires, The Beatles and The Everly Brothers are among the acts added to the Vocal Group Hall of Fame at the Wildwoods Convention Center in New Jersey. Also tabbed are The Ronettes and The Doobie Brothers
Jul 6, 2013
The History of the Eagles Tour launches at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky, with original member Bernie Leadon returning to the lineup. The set list includes “Lyin’ Eyes,” “Take It Easy” and the closer, “Desperado
Jul 6, 2020
Charlie Daniels dies from a stroke at Summit Medical Center in Nashville. Best known for “The Devil Went Down To Georgia,” he fiddled his way into the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame while becoming one of the leading figures in southern rock