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June 1

Jun 1, 1796 – Tennessee Becomes a State

Jun 1, 1915
Johnny Bond is born in Enville, Oklahoma. A singer, songwriter and actor, he provides an on-screen sidekick for Gene Autry and Tex Ritter. Bond also earns a handful of country hits on his way to the Country Music Hall of Fame
Jun 1, 1926
Actor Andy Griffith is born in Mount Airy, North Carolina. His 1960s TV series “The Andy Griffith Show” becomes a touchstone for small-town America


Jun 1, 1935
Hazel Dickens is born in Mercer County, West Virginia. A bluegrass and folk vocal icon, she contributes to the movie “Harlan County, U.S.A.” and earns a National Heritage Award in 2008
Jun 1, 1949
Songwriter Wayne Perry is born. Among his credits are Lorrie Morgan’s “What Part Of No,” Collin Raye’s “Every Second” and Tim McGraw’s “Not A Moment Too Soon”
Jun 1, 1959
The Browns record “The Three Bells” at RCA Studio B in Nashville
Jun 1, 1962
“Night Rider,” a half-hour TV movie, is broadcast with roles for Johnny Cash, Wesley Tuttle, Merle Travis, Johnny Western, Eddie Dean and fiddler Gordon Terry

Jun 1, 1964
Dolly Parton moves to Nashville a day after her high school graduation and meets her future husband, Carl Dean, at a laundromat
Jun 1, 1965
Buck Owens records the Christmas classic “Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy” at the Capitol Studio in Los Angeles
Jun 1, 1970
Decca releases Conway Twitty’s “Hello Darlin"” album

Jun 1, 1972
Asylum releases The Eagles’ self-titled debut album, establishing them as an influential country-rock band. The album’s “Take It Easy” and “Peaceful Easy Feeling” are remade by Travis Tritt and Little Texas for the “Common Thread” album
Jun 1, 1952
Misty Rowe is born in Glendora, California. She joins the cast of “Hee Haw” in 1972, remaining with the show for 19 years
Jun 1, 1953
Ronnie Dunn is born in Coleman, Oklahoma. The lanky singer teams with Kix Brooks to form the harmony-laden Brooks & Dunn, whose mix of honky tonk with rock influences makes them the dominant duo in country from 1991 until their split in 2010

Jun 1, 1955
Patsy Cline has her first recording session in Nashville, cutting “A Church, A Courtroom And Then Goodbye”
Jun 1, 1956
Lisa Hartman is born in Houston, Texas. She marries Clint Black and joins him as a vocalist on “When I Said I Do”
Jun 1, 1957
The Everly Brothers join the Grand Ole Opry
Jun 1, 1974
Ronnie Milsap collects the first #1 country single of his career with “Pure Love,” written by Eddie Rabbitt
Jun 1, 1975
Columbia releases Willie Nelson’s “Red Headed Stranger” album

Jun 1, 1979
Sgt. Barry Sadler is charged in Nashville with the December 1 shooting death of songwriter Lee Emerson. Sadler says he shot Emerson, also known as Lee Bellamy, in self-defense while trying to protect 25-year-old Darlene Sharp
Jun 1, 1991
Diamond Rio collects its first #1 single on the Billboard country chart with its debut, “Meet In The Middle”
Jun 1, 1994
Ronnie Milsap opens the Keyboard Cafe in Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Jun 1, 1999
Arista releases Brad Paisley’s debut album, “Who Needs Pictures”
Jun 1, 2020
Guitarist Jimmy Capps dies. A longtime member of the Grand Ole Opry house band, he played on Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler,” George Strait’s “Amarillo By Morning,” George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and The Oak Ridge Boys’ “Elvira”
Jun 1, 2020
“Iconic Women Of Country” debuts on PBS, celebrating such classic female acts as Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Barbara Mandrell, Patsy Cline, Connie Smith, Tammy Wynette and Jeannie C. Riley
Jun 1, 2021
The Oak Ridge Boys join governor Bill Lee in Jonesborough, Tennessee, to celebrate the state’s 225th anniversary