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Country Music History – June 1



1796: Tennessee became the 16th state to be admitted to the union.

1952: Misty Rowe was born in Glendora, CA. She joined the cast of “Hee Haw” in 1972, remaining with the show for 19 years.

1953: Ronnie Dunn was born in Coleman, OK. The singer teamed with Kix Brooks to form the dominating duo Brooks & Dunn.

1955: Patsy Cline had her first recording session in Nashville, cutting “A Church, A Courtroom And Then Goodbye.”

1956: Lisa Hartman was born in Houston, TX. She married Clint Black in 1990 and joined him as a vocalist on “When I Said I Do.”

1962: “Night Rider,” a half-hour TV movie, was broadcast with roles for Johnny Cash, Wesley Tuttle, Merle Travis, Johnny Western, Eddie Dean and fiddler Gordon Terry.

1964: Dolly Parton moved to Nashville a day after her high school graduation and met her future husband, Carl Dean, at a laundromat.

1970: Decca released Conway Twitty’s “Hello Darlin’” album.

1974: Ronnie Milsap collected the first #1 country single of his career with “Pure Love,” written by Eddie Rabbitt.

1991: Diamond Rio collected their first #1 single on the Billboard country chart with “Meet In The Middle.”

1994: Ronnie Milsap opened the Keyboard Cafe in Gatlinburg.

1999: Arista released Brad Paisley’s debut album, “Who Needs Pictures.”

2020: Guitarist Jimmy Capps died. A longtime member of the Grand Ole Opry house band, he played on Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler,” George Strait’s “Amarillo By Morning,” George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and The Oak Ridge Boys’ “Elvira.”

2020: “Iconic Women Of Country” debuted on PBS, celebrating classic female acts like Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Barbara Mandrell, Patsy Cline, Connie Smith, Tammy Wynette and Jeannie C. Riley.