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Country Music History – June 10



1952: Thom Schuyler was born in Bethlehem, PA. He wrote Kenny Rogers’ “Love Will Turn You Around,” Lacy J. Dalton’s “16th Avenue” and Eddie Rabbitt’s “I Don’t Know Where To Start” before joining Schuyler, Knobloch & Overstreet. He also served as the head of RCA’s country division.

1960: Songwriter Wynn Varble was born in Atlanta. Among his credits are Brad Paisley’s “Waitin’ On A Woman,” Easton Corbin’s “A Little More Country Than That” and Darryl Worley’s “Have You Forgotten?

1972: Elvis Presley’s afternoon performance during a four-show stand in New York is taped for a future album: “Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden.” Future Oak Ridge Boy Richard Sterban was a backing vocalist, and Bob Dylan was in the audience.

1974: Tom T. Hall quit the Grand Ole Opry over a conflict about the use of horns. Hall had played the Opry three days earlier and didn’t feel right about not using his band.

1974: MCA released Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty’s “Country Partners” album. The label also released Marty Robbins’ “Good’n Country” album.

1978: Willie Nelson’s remake of Hoagy Carmichael’s “Georgia On My Mind” topped the Billboard country chart.

1979: Columbia releases Willie Nelson & Leon Russell’s album “One For The Road.”

1981: Producer Owen Bradley oversaw the musicians as new instrumental parts are added to a spliced rendition of “Have You Ever Been Lonely (Have You Ever Been Blue)” that paired the late Jim Reeves and Patsy Cline.

1985: MCA released Reba McEntire’s “Have I Got A Deal For You” album.

1988: Ricky Van Shelton joins the Grand Ole Opry, performing “Somebody Lied.”

1989: Clint Black’s debut single, “A Better Man,” went to #1 on the Billboard country chart.

1994: Mary Chapin Carpenter recorded “Shut Up And Kiss Me” at Bias Studios in Springfield, VA.

1997: Harlan Howard was added to the National Songwriters Hall of Fame at the Sheraton New York Hotel. Other honorees were Phil Spector and Joni Mitchell. Howard wrote “Busted” and “I Fall To Pieces,” among many others.

1998: Steve Sanders died in an apparent suicide in Cape Coral, FL. Sanders replaced William Lee Golden in The Oak Ridge Boys from 1987-1995, singing lead on such hits as “Gonna Take A Lot Of River” and “Bridges And Walls.”

2012: Wynonna Judd married her husband, Highway 101 drummer Cactus Moser, at her home in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee. It was his first marriage, her third.

2020: Willie Nelson performed “On The Road Again” to wrap A Night For Austin, an online benefit that raises $ 600 thousand for charity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Also appearing were Paul Simon, Edie Brickell, Asleep At The Wheel, Shawn Colvin and Lukas Nelson.