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Mar 10, 1920

Kenneth “Jethro” Burns is born in Conasauga, Tennessee. His comedic duo Homer & Jethro joins the Country Music Hall of Fame after making numerous satirical records, including a conversion of “The Battle Of New Orleans” to “The Battle Of Kookamonga”

Mar 10, 1932

Guitar player Leon Rhodes is born in Dallas, Texas. He gains recognition as the longtime lead guitarist with Ernest Tubb’s Texas Troubadours, but also plays on hits by Waylon Jennings, Moe Bandy and George Strait

Mar 10, 1933

Country TV/radio host Ralph Emery is born in McEwen, Tennessee. After establishing himself as a fixture on Nashville’s WSM Radio, he spends 10 years as the host of TNN’s daily country talk show, “Nashville Now.” He is inducted intjo the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007

Mar 10, 1938

Singer/songwriter/musician Norman Blake is born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. An adept folk and acoustic player, he tours as a sideman with Johnny Cash, performing on a number of his hits, including “Understand Your Man” and “What Is Truth”

Mar 10, 1947

Songwriter Alex Harvey is born in Dyersburg, Tennessee. His credits include Tanya Tucker’s “Delta Dawn,” Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Somebody New” and T. Graham Brown’s “Hell And High Water”

Mar 10, 1962

Country Music Hall of Famer Porter Wagoner earns his first #1 single with “Misery Loves Company,” written by Jerry Reed

Mar 10, 1963

The funeral for Patsy Cline draws 25,000 onlookers in Winchester, Virginia, who watch as her body is driven from Jones Funeral Home to the burial grounds, Shenandoah Memorial Park

Mar 10, 1963

Record producer Rick Rubin is born in Long Beach, New York. After working with such acts as The Beastie Boys and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, he produces Johnny Cash’s latter-day recordings and The Dixie Chicks’ album “Taking The Long Way”

Mar 10, 1971

Daryle Singletary is born in Cairo, Georgia. With a voice compared to Keith Whitley, he notches a number of mid-1990s hits, including “I Let Her Lie” and “Too Much Fun”


Mar 10, 1973

Tammy Wynette tops the Billboard country singles chart with “‘Til I Get It Right”

Mar 10, 1979

Invited by Porter Wagoner, R&B legend James Brown plays the Grand Ole Opry, lacing his 17-minute set with the country songs “Your Cheatin’ Heart” and “Tennessee Waltz.” Jean Shepard complains; Barbara Mandrell says the appearance is overdue

Mar 10, 1986

MCA releases the Waylon Jennings album “Will The Wolf Survive”

Mar 10, 1987

The Oak Ridge Boys ask William Lee Golden to leave the group

Mar 10, 1988

Andy Gibb, younger brother of The Bee Gees, dies in England, after years of chemical abuse. Tanya Tucker, who had a short-term romance with him in 1983, has the news delivered to her the next day while she’s in the Betty Ford Center for chemical abuse

Mar 10, 1989

J.P. Pennington announces he’s leaving Exile

Mar 10, 1990

Patty Loveless’ “Chains” wraps up the #1 slot on the Billboard country singles chart

Mar 10, 1991

Randy Travis sings “Point Of Light” live for the first time for president George Bush at Ford’s Theatre in Washington. Also appearing: Mary Chapin Carpenter, Alan Jackson, Ricky Skaggs, Clint Black, Tammy Wynette, Alabama, K.T. Oslin and The Statlers

Mar 10, 1992

RCA releases Aaron Tippin’s “Read Between The Lines” album

Mar 10, 1992

RCA releases Vince Gill’s “I Never Knew Lonely” album

Mar 10, 1994

Clint Black is named Songwriter/Artist of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters Association, while Dennis Linde is Songwriter; and “The Song Remembers When” is Song of the Year

Mar 10, 1995

Collin Raye records “One Boy, One Girl” in Nashville

Mar 10, 2000

Vince Gill marries Christian singer Amy Grant in Nashville, with about 75 people attending. Grant takes her vows barefoot

Mar 10, 2003

Dixie Chick Natalie Maines tells a London concert audience, “We’re ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.” The audience cheers, but many U.S. radio stations stop playing Chicks music as the nation prepares for war in Iraq

Mar 10, 2008

Guitarist Barry “Byrd” Burton dies of leukemia at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. A former member of The Amazing Rhythm Aces, he played on “Third Rate Romance” and the Don Williams hit “Tulsa Time,” among others