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Jun 21, 1948
Leon Everette is born in Aiken, South Carolina. He puts together 10 hit records from 1980-1984, including “Hurricane,” “Midnight Rodeo,” “If I Keep On Going Crazy” and “Just Give Me What You Think Is Fair”
Jun 21, 1948
Columbia Records begins production of 33-1/3 rpm records
Jun 21, 1955
Sun Records releases Johnny Cash And The Tennessee Two’s first single, “Cry! Cry! Cry!” backed with “Hey Porter”
Jun 21, 1959
Kathy Mattea is born in Cross Lanes, West Virginia. Deftly balancing art and commercialism, she nabs a pair of Grammy awards and is twice named the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year

Jun 21, 1965
Johnnie Wright records the Tom T. Hall song “Hello Vietnam”
Jun 21, 1975
Emmylou Harris records “Sweet Dreams” in Los Angeles
Jun 21, 1979
Eight-year-old Sara Evans is hit by a car in front of her family’s home in Missouri, breaking both of her legs
Jun 21, 1983
Mercury Records signs Kathy Mattea to her first recording contract
Jun 21, 1988
Warner/Curb releases Hank Williams Jr.’s “Wild Streak” album
Jun 21, 1989
Capitol releases Buck Owens’ duet with Ringo Starr, “Act Naturally”

Jun 21, 1991
Tyler Childers is born in Lawrence County, Kentucky. A 2018 winner of the Americana Music Award for Emerging Artist of the Year, he notches a #1 country album in 2019 with “Country Squire”
Jun 21, 1994
“XXX’s And OOO’s” airs on CBS with a cast that includes Pam Tillis, Lari White, Ed Bruce, Mark Collie, Suzy Bogguss, Lynn Anderson and T. Graham Brown. Trisha Yearwood sings the theme song, “XXX’s And OOO’s (An American Girl)”
Jun 21, 2003
Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett begin a two-day shoot for the video of “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” in Jupiter, Florida

Jun 21, 2003
Johnny Cash makes his first public appearance since the funeral for his wife, June Carter. It’s also his last public performance. Along with son John Carter Cash, the Man In Black sings “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Ring Of Fire” in Hiltons, Virginia

Jun 21, 2006
MCA releases George Strait’s “Give It Away” to radio
Jun 21, 2014
Jimmy C. Newman dies in Tennessee. A Grand Ole Opry member since 1956, he mixed Cajun music with country to build a string of hits in the 1950s and ’60s