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Jun 27, 1924
Lloyd George–alias Ken Martin–is born in Haleyville, Alabama. A sideman for Eddy Arnold, he’s the first to play “Lonzo” in the Grand Ole Opry comedy act Lonzo & Oscar, best-known for the twisted in-bred bit, “I’m My Own Grandpa”
Jun 27, 1925
Songwriter Doc Pomus is born in New York. Pomus specializes in pop/rock/R&B songs, but several of them become country records, including “Little Sister,” by Dwight Yoakam; and “Save The Last Dance For Me,” by Emmylou Harris
Jun 27, 1933
Victor releases country music’s first picture disk, showing Jimmie Rodgers in a wicker chair with a replica of his autograph. The double-sided release includes “Cowhand’s Last Ride” and “Blue Yodel No. 12 (Barefoot Blues)”
Jun 27, 1948
Songwriter Paul Kennerley is born in England. He authors Emmylou Harris’ “Born To Run,” Marty Stuart’s “Hillbilly Rock,” Tanya Tucker’s “Walking Shoes” and The Judds’ “Cry Myself To Sleep”
Jun 27, 1949
Merry Christmas, six months early: Gene Autry records the holiday classic “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer” in Los Angeles
Jun 27, 1959
Lorrie Morgan is born, a day before father George Morgan’s 35th birthday, in Nashville. She follows her father into the Grand Ole Opry in 1984, preceding a run of 1990s hits, including “Something In Red,” “Five Minutes” and “What Part Of No”


Jun 27, 1962
Hank Snow records “I’ve Been Everywhere” at RCA Studio B in Nashville
Jun 27, 1965
Johnny Cash sets off a fire at Los Padres National Forest in California, blamed on a faulty exhaust on the singer’s camper. The blaze consumes nearly 585 acres of condor habitat and requires 450 firefighters to extinguish
Jun 27, 1967
Tammy Wynette records “I Don’t Wanna Play House”
Jun 27, 1968
Elvis Presley starts taping his first television special, “Elvis,” for NBC at the network’s studio in Burbank, California
Jun 27, 1972
Bob Luman records “Lonely Women Make Good Lovers”
Jun 27, 1977
Dave & Sugar record “I’m Knee Deep In Loving You” during the afternoon at Sound Masters in Nashville
Jun 27, 1983
The Statler Brothers record “Atlanta Blue” during an evening session at the Sound Stage in Nashville
Jun 27, 1984
George Strait records “The Fireman” at Sound Stage in Nashville

Jun 27, 1986
Keith Whitley records “Hard Livin"” and “Homecoming ’63” in Nashville
Jun 27, 1989
Alan Jackson records “Here In The Real World”
Jun 27, 1993
Lyle Lovett marries Julia Roberts at the St. James Lutheran Church in Marion, Indiana, after a whirlwind romance that began during filming of the movie “The Player.” They postpone a honeymoon while she films “The Pelican Brief ”
June 27, 1995
Colter Wall is born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. He released his somewhat autobiographical debut album “Colter Wall” in 2017.

Jun 27, 2005
Songwriter Robert Byrne is found dead in his Nashville home. Among his hits: Shenandoah’s “Two Dozen Roses,” The Forester Sisters’ “Men” and Earl Thomas Conley’s “What I’d Say.” The loss inspires Phil Vassar to write “Last Day Of My Life”