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Jun 30, 1922
Eck Robertson and Henry Gilliland hold the first country recording session in New York City. The two collaborate on “Arkansas Traveller”


Jun 30, 1936
Bass player Doyle Holly is born in Perkins, Oklahoma. He becomes a longtime member of Buck Owens’ Buckaroos, contributing to two dozen hits, including “Together Again,” “I’ve Got A Tiger By The Tail” and “My Heart Skips A Beat”
Jun 30, 1941
Songwriter Larry Henley is born in Arp, Texas. He sings falsetto lead for the ’60s pop group, The Newbeats, and writes “The Wind Beneath My Wings,” by Gary Morris; “Lizzie And The Rainman,” by Tanya Tucker; and “Is It Still Over?” by Randy Travis

Jun 30, 1950
Songwriter Rick Carnes is born in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He will write a trio of country hits for The Whites, plus Reba McEntire’s “Can’t Even Get The Blues” and Garth Brooks’ “Longneck Bottle”
Jun 30, 1957
The Everly Brothers make their national TV debut, singing “Bye Bye Love” on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” live from New York. Bonnie Guitar also appears on the CBS program, performing “Dark Moon”
Jun 30, 1964
Johnny Cash records four songs written by Peter La Farge and one by Johnny Horton to complete his Native American-themed album “Bitter Tears.” The project will receive a Grammy nomination
Jun 30, 1966
Vivian Cash files for divorce from Johnny Cash. Uncertain where he is residing, she publishes the court order in The Nashville Banner four times during August
Jun 30, 1970
Roy Acuff oversees groundbreaking at Opryland. After Acuff blows a whistle, Bashful Brother Oswald breaks the ground with a plow pulled by a pair of mules
Jun 30, 1976
Loretta Lynn records “She’s Got You” at Bradley’s Barn in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee

Jun 30, 1977
Chet Atkins signs Steve Wariner to his first recording contract with RCA in Nashville
Jun 30, 1980
People magazine puts Glen Campbell and Tanya Tucker on the cover with the headline: “The Wildest Love Affair In Showbiz Today.” Campbell says, “I gave God a prayer…and He gave me Tanya”
Jun 30, 1980
Full Moon/Asylum releases Johnny Lee’s “Lookin’ For Love.” The B-side is another song from the “Urban Cowboy” soundtrack, The Eagles’ “Lyin’ Eyes”
Jun 30, 1980
Warner Bros. releases Exile’s album “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” introducing two songs that will become Alabama hits: “Take Me Down” and “The Closer You Get”
Jun 30, 1987
Warner Bros. releases Highway 101’s self-titled debut album
Jun 30, 1987
RCA releases K.T. Oslin’s “80’s Ladies” album

Jun 30, 1989
Killer movie: “Great Balls Of Fire” debuts in theaters with Dennis Quaid portraying piano-pounding Jerry Lee Lewis
Jun 30, 1990
Kenny Chesney begins an 11-day tour of the Soviet Union as a member of a collegiate bluegrass group taking part in an international music festival
Jun 30, 1993
Kenny Chesney signs his first recording contract, with Capricorn Records
Jun 30, 1995
Garth Brooks receives a star in front of Capitol Records on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He buries the masters to “The Hits” underneath the star
Jun 30, 1998
Vince Gill’s divorce from Janis Gill is finalized. She keeps the 151-acre horse ranch and a $750,000 home, and receives $4,000 monthly in child support for two years, until daughter Jenny turns 18
Jun 30, 2001
Chet Atkins dies at home after a long bout with cancer. An influential guitarist and producer who helped create “The Nashville Sound,” he entered the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973 and earned a Lifetime Achievement award from the Grammys