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June 11

Jun 11, 1932
One-hit wonder Lonnie Irving is born in Stoneville, North Carolina. The one hit: the 1960 release “Pinball Machine”
Jun 11, 1941
Songwriter Wayne Kemp is born in Greenwood, Arkansas. His credits include “The Fireman,” by George Strait; “One Piece At A Time,” by Johnny Cash; and “I’ll Leave This World Loving You,” by Ricky Van Shelton
Jun 11, 1949
Hank Williams makes his debut on the Grand Ole Opry, performing “Lovesick Blues” and “Mind Your Own Business.” Legend claims he receives six encores. In the audience is Porter Wagoner, attending his first Opry show
Jun 11, 1952
Donnie Van Zant is born in Jacksonville, Florida. A brother of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Ronnie Van Zant, he joins 38 Special in the 1970s and forms a side project, Van Zant, with brother Johnny, making inroads in country music in 2005
Jun 11, 1957
RCA releases Elvis Presley’s “(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear” backed by “Loving You”


Jun 11, 1969
“True Grit” debuts in theaters, with Glen Campbell in his first movie role, alongside John Wayne and Kim Darby
Jun 11, 1969
Bass player “Smilin"” Jay McDowell is born in Bedford, Indiana. He joins BR549, an energetic, traditionally influenced band that emerges from Nashville’s lower Broadway to become a critical favorite in the late-1990s, gaining several Grammy nominations
Jun 11, 1970
Roger Miller records the original versions of “Don’t We All Have The Right” and “Tall, Tall Trees” at the Jack Clement Studios in Nashville. The songs later become hits for Ricky Van Shelton and Alan Jackson, respectively
Jun 11, 1979
John Wayne dies of cancer in Los Angeles. Known for work in such movies as “True Grit” and “North To Alaska,”

Jun 11, 1980
“Bronco Billy” makes its debut in theaters. Leading man Clint Eastwood duets with Merle Haggard on “Bar Room Buddies.” The soundtrack also features Haggard’s “Misery And Gin” and Ronnie Milsap’s “Cowboys And Clowns”
Jun 11, 1981
Epic releases Mickey Gilley’s remake of Eddy Arnold’s “You Don’t Know Me”
Jun 11, 1988
Patty Loveless joins the Grand Ole Opry, where she sings “If My Heart Had Windows” and “A Little Bit In Love”
Jun 11, 1988
Randy Travis makes an appearance at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “I Told You So”

Jun 11, 1990
Mark Chesnutt shoots the video to his first single, “Too Cold At Home,” at home
Jun 11, 1994
“That Ain’t No Way To Go” to go brings Brooks & Dunn to the top of the Billboard country singles chart
Jun 11, 1996
Garth Brooks makes an unscheduled appearance at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville for Fan Fair, where he promptly signs autographs for a ridiculous 23 hours straight
Jun 11, 2015
Jim Ed Brown dies of cancer at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, Tennessee. The lead singer in the family trio The Browns, he also recorded a series of duets with Helen Cornelius and several solo hits, including “Pop A Top.” The Browns join the Country Music Hall of Fame months later