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Jun 24, 1919
Songwriter Johnny Hathcock is born in Texas. He writes Jim Reeves’ “Welcome To My World” and Hank Thompson’s “Wake Up, Irene”
Jun 24, 1923
Soprano Millie Kirkham is born in Hermitage, Tennessee. She provides a high harmony voice on numerous hits, including Ferlin Husky’s “Gone,” Elvis Presley’s “Blue Christmas” and George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today”
Jun 24, 1964
Connie Smith signs with RCA Records
Jun 24, 1965
Bill Anderson records “Bright Lights And Country Music”
Jun 24, 1969
Conway Twitty records “To See My Angel Cry” and “That’s When She Started To Stop Loving You” in a late-night session at Bradley’s Barn in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee

Jun 24, 1970
Actor Clint Eastwood records “Love In The Hot Afternoon” at Nashville’s Jack Clement Studios. The song becomes a hit five years later for Gene Watson
Jun 24, 1975
Former Columbia Records president Clive Davis and 18 other executives are indicted for six counts of income tax evasion. Davis later pleads guilty to one count
Jun 24, 1977
United Artists releases Crystal Gayle’s “We Must Believe In Magic” album
Jun 24, 1978
The Oak Ridge Boys claim their first #1 country single with “I’ll Be True To You”

Jun 24, 1981
Johnny Cash’s former bass player and road manager, Marshall Grant, sues the Man In Black for $2.6 million
Jun 24, 1982
John Anderson holds the last recording session in Nashville’s historic Columbia Studio B, recording Lefty Frizzell’s “The Long Black Veil”
Jun 24, 1982
Naomi Judd visits a “Hee Haw” taping in Nashville, where Ricky Skaggs introduces her to publicist Woody Bowles. Within days, The Judds are introduced to their first manager, Ken Stilts
Jun 24, 1989
Garth Brooks makes his Grand Ole Opry debut
Jun 24, 1989
Rosanne Cash tops the Billboard country chart with a remake of The Beatles’ “I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party”

Jun 24, 1991
Capitol releases Tanya Tucker’s “What Do I Do With Me” album
Jun 24, 1995
Tracy Lawrence blows into the #1 position on the Billboard country singles chart with “Texas Tornado”
Jun 24, 2010
“(Ghost) Riders In The Sky” ranks #1 as the Western Writers of America name the 100 Best Western Songs