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June 2

Jun 2, 1896
Guglielmo Marconi receives a U.S. patent for his invention, the radio
Jun 2, 1927
Carl Butler is born in Knoxville, Tennessee. Added to the Grand Ole Opry in 1958, he notches his lone #1 single when wife Pearl Butler joins him for “Don’t Let Me Cross Over” in 1962
Jun 2, 1956
Elvis Presley arrives in Oakland, California, where Scotty Moore, D.J. Fontana and Bill Black accuse him of recording “Be-Bop-A-Lula” with other musicians behind their backs. Presley assures them the record belongs to Gene Vincent
Jun 2, 1958
The Everly Brothers take over #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “All I Have To Do Is Dream”
Jun 2, 1964
Columbia releases Johnny Cash’s two-sided single “The Ballad Of Ira Hayes” backed with “Bad News”


Jun 2, 1978
United Artists releases Crystal Gayle’s “When I Dream” album
Jun 2, 1982
RCA releases the Ronnie Milsap album “Inside”
Jun 2, 1985
Roger Miller and the Broadway production of “Big River” win seven Tony awards, including Best Musical and Best Score

Jun 2, 1986
Warner Bros. releases Randy Travis’ major label debut, “Storms Of Life”
Jun 2, 1990
Comedian Mike Snider joins the Grand Ole Opry
Jun 2, 1992
Doug and Ricky Lee Phelps publicly announce their resignation from The Kentucky HeadHunters. The following year, they release an album as a duo, Brother Phelps
Jun 2, 1992
Martina McBride begins her first major concert tour, opening for Garth Brooks at McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado. Also on the bill is Chris LeDoux
Jun 2, 1998
Helen Carter dies in Nashville. A member of The Carter Sisters, she was a regular performer on “The Johnny Cash Show” and wrote a handful of hits, including Margie Bowes’ “Poor Old Heartsick Me” and Cash’s “Rosanna’s Going Wild”
Jun 2, 1998
MCA releases Reba McEntire’s “If You See Him” album
Jun 2, 1998
Arista releases Brooks & Dunn’s “If You See Her” album

Jun 2, 2014
Steel guitarist Weldon Myrick dies at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville of a stroke. He played on such hits as Connie Smith’s “Once A Day,” George Strait’s “You Look So Good In Love,” Reba McEntire’s “Little Rock” and Sammi Smith’s “Help Me Make It Through The Night”