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Jun 6, 1939
Gary “U.S.” Bonds is born in Jacksonville, Florida. The rock singer earns five hits in the 1960s, and another with 1982’s “This Little Girl.” He also pens Johnny Paycheck’s Grammy-nominated “She’s All I Got,” which Tracy Byrd revives in the 1990s
Jun 6, 1943
Joe Stampley is born in Springhill, Louisiana. He peppers an 11-year string of hits, beginning in 1972, with such titles as “Soul Song,” “All These Things” and “Roll On Big Mama,” expanding his career in a series of “good ol’ boy” duets with Moe Bandy


Jun 6, 1944
Allied troops invade Normandy, France, during a World War II battle better known as D-Day. Marine Ferlin Husky is among the Americans who hit the shore. Future Opry star Vic Willis is injured in the battle and receives a purple heart and bronze star
Jun 6, 1951
Songwriter Jon Vezner is born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He authors such hits as “Then What?” by Clay Walker, “If I Didn’t Love You” by Steve Wariner and “Where’ve You Been” by his wife, Kathy Mattea
Jun 6, 1953
“Take These Chains From My Heart” returns the late Hank Williams to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
Jun 6, 1955
Curtis Wright is born in Huntington, Pennsylvania. A member of Vern Gosdin’s band in the late-1980s, he becomes a backing vocalist in recording sessions, and writes Ronnie Milsap’s “A Woman In Love,” plus Shenandoah’s “Next To You, Next To Me”
Jun 6, 1964
The Rolling Stones perform in San Antonio, Texas, where they appear on a bill that also includes George Jones. The Possum’s guitarist gets into a fight with Mick Jagger, putting him in a headlock until Jones orders his bandmate to let go
Jun 6, 1964
Buck Owens’ “Together Again” takes him to #1 again on the Billboard country chart

Jun 7, 1966
Claudette Orbison dies in a motorcycle crash near Gallatin, Tennessee, while husband Roy Orbison, who is also riding a motorbike, watches helplessly. She had inspired him to write The Everly Brothers hit “Claudette”
Jun 6, 1967
David Houston records “My Elusive Dreams” with Tammy Wynette
Jun 6, 1970
Conway Twitty rises to #1 on the Billboard country chart with “Hello Darlin"”
Jun 6, 1974
Billy Swan records “I Can Help”
Jun 6, 1974
Paul McCartney arrives in Nashville for a one-month vacation and rehearsal for a tour with his band, Wings. He stays at the home of “Green, Green Grass Of Home” songwriter Curly Putman
Jun 6, 1975
Ed Bruce records the original version of “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” in a lunchtime session at Nashville’s LSI Sound Studios

Jun 6, 1985
MCA/Curb releases The Bellamy Brothers’ album “Howard & David”
Jun 6, 1990
A federal judge signs a tax settlement in which Willie Nelson and the Internal Revenue Service agree the singer will pay $6.5 million in back taxes. The IRS had originally claimed he owed $11 million
Jun 6, 1992
Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Some Gave All” goes to #1 on the Billboard country albums chart, a position it will occupy a total of 34 weeks
Jun 6, 1998
George Strait’s “I Just Want To Dance With You” steps to the top of the Billboard country singles chart
Jun 6, 2006
Brad Paisley joins Barbara Mandrell to record “In Times Like These” for the album “She Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool: A Tribute To Barbara Mandrell”

Jun 6, 2014
Songwriter Don Devaney dies. He wrote Charley Pride’s “Someone Loves You Honey” and Highway 101’s “Cry, Cry, Cry”
Jun 6, 2021
Garth Brooks is among the recipients as CBS airs “The Kennedy Center Honors”