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Jun 23, 1929
June Carter is born in Maces Spring, Virginia, to Ezra and Mother Maybelle Carter, of The Carter Family. June co-writes Johnny Cash’s “Ring Of Fire” and later marries Cash, earning duet hits with him on “Jackson” and “If I Were A Carpenter”
Jun 23, 1940
Diana Trask is born in Melbourne, Australia. She earns several minor hits in 1973 and ’74, including “Say When” and “Lean It All On Me,” before moving back to her homeland, where she is a significant star
Jun 23, 1941
Trumpet player Walter “Tubby” Lewis dies of pneumonia at age 24. As a member of Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys, he appeared on such records as “Time Changes Everything,” “New San Antonio Rose” and “Take Me Back To Tulsa”
Jun 23, 1952
Decca releases Kitty Wells’ “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels”
Jun 23, 1953
Pake McEntire is born in Chockie, Oklahoma. The older brother of Reba McEntire, he picks up a Top 10 hit of his own in 1986 with “Savin’ My Love For You”


Jun 23, 1956
Ray Price spends the first of 20 weeks at #1 in Billboard magazine with “Crazy Arms”
Jun 23, 1957
Songwriter Keith Palmer is born in Hyatt, Missouri. He writes Reba McEntire’s “For My Broken Heart” and Johnny Rodriguez’ “I Didn’t (Every Chance I Had)”
Jun 23, 1970
Ringo Starr launches his solo career in Nashville by recording with Jerry Reed, Jeannie Kendall, The Jordanaires, Scotty Moore and Charlie Daniels. The result is the “Beaucoups Of Blues” album
Jun 23, 1970
Kris Kristofferson launches his first concert tour, performing at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, California
Jun 23, 1974
RCA releases John Denver’s “Back Home Again” album

Jun 23, 1978
United Artists releases Kenny Rogers’ “Love Or Something Like It” album
Jun 23, 1979
Epic releases The Charlie Daniels Band’s “The Devil Went Down To Georgia”
Jun 23, 1980
Waylon Jennings and female singer Carter Robertson add last-minute touch-ups to the “Theme From The Dukes Of Hazzard (Good Ol’ Boys),” before its release as a single, at Nashville’s American Studios
Jun 23, 1982
Producers of “The Dukes Of Hazzard” file a $92-million countersuit against stars John Schneider and Tom Wopat, a month after they sued Warner Bros. for $25 million over a merchandising dispute
Jun 23, 1986
Warner/Curb releases Hank Williams Jr.’s “Montana Cafe” album
Jun 23, 1994
Kin Vassy dies of lung cancer. A former member of Kenny Rogers & The First Edition as well as Frank Zappa & The Mothers, he sang on many of Rogers’ solo hits, including “Scarlet Fever,” “Morning Desire” and “Love Will Turn You Around”
Jun 23, 1995
Mindy McCready accepts a deal with RCA Records, 51 weeks to the day after she moved to Nashville
Jun 23, 1997
Trace Adkins tells his side of a domestic gun accident in People magazine. While arguing about his drinking in 1994, he says his wife shot a .38, with a bullet going through both lungs and both ventricles in his heart
Jun 23, 2010
Loretta Lynn’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and the Willie Nelson album “Red Headed Stranger” are added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry along with audio by The Band, Little Richard and The Staple Singers