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Mar 12, 1939

Lew DeWitt is born in Roanoke, Virginia. A founding member of The Statler Brothers, he writes “Flowers On The Wall” and sings tenor for the group until 1982, when illness forces retirement. The Statlers join the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008

Mar 12, 1948

Singer/songwriter James Taylor is born in Boston, Massachusetts. He writes George Jones’ 1978 single “Bartender’s Blues” and wins a country Grammy for “How’s The World Treating You,” a 2003 collaboration with Alison Krauss

Mar 12, 1961

After giving him a two-week tryout, Gene Autry’s expansion Los Angeles Angels drop hopeful baseball player Charley Pride during spring training in Palm Springs

Mar 12, 1963

Production begins in South Africa on the Jim Reeves movie “Kimberley Jim”

Mar 12, 1969

Johnny Cash wins twice during the 11th annual Grammy awards. He collects the trophy for Best Album Notes, for “Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison”; and Best Country¬†Vocal Performance, Male, for “Folsom Prison Blues”

Mar 12, 1975

George Jones opens his Possum Holler nightclub at the corner of Commerce & Printer’s Alley in Nashville

Mar 12, 1975

The divorce of George Jones and Tammy Wynette is finalized. Wynette takes custody of their only child, Tamala, and keeps their home on Franklin Road in Nashville

Mar 12, 1977

Lynn Anderson has a guest role in the ABC police drama “Starsky And Hutch”

Mar 12, 1981

MCA releases The Oak Ridge Boys’ “Elvira”

Mar 12, 1981

The Statler Brothers record “Don’t Wait On Me” during an afternoon session at Nashville’s Sound Stage

Mar 12, 1986

Columbia releases the Willie Nelson album “The Promiseland”

Mar 12, 1988

Randy Travis’ “Too Gone Too Long” goes to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart

Mar 12, 1990

Mark Chesnutt begins recording his first album, “Too Cold At Home”

Mar 12, 1991

Columbia releases Dolly Parton’s “Eagle When She Flies” album

Mar 12, 1991

Alan Jackson’s debut album, “Here In The Real World,” receives platinum certification


Mar 12, 1991

Garth Brooks records the Billy Joel-written “Shameless” at Jack’s Tracks in Nashville

Mar 12, 1996

Columbia releases Chet Atkins’ “Almost Alone” album

Mar 12, 1996

Arista releases Steve Wariner’s instrumental album “No More Mr. Nice Guy”

Mar 12, 2006

“Ring Of Fire: The Johnny Cash Musical Show” has its Broadway debut at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, with Lari White in the cast. Among the 38 songs performed: “Man In Black,” “Hurt,” “I Walk The Line,” “Daddy Sang Bass” and “I’ve Been Everywhere”