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Mar 13, 1930

Singer/songwriter Liz Anderson is born in Roseau, Minnesota. The mother of Lynn Anderson, she writes two of Merle Haggard’s first hits: “(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers” and “The Fugitive”

Mar 13, 1930

Lula Grace Johnson is born in West Plains, Missouri. She becomes Jan Howard with her marriage to songwriter Harlan Howard. She nabs several solo hits in the 1960s, then adds four more in duets with Bill Anderson, joining the Grand Ole Opry in 1971

Mar 13, 1934

KFWB announcer Harry Hall introduces The Pioneer Trio on the Los Angeles radio station, saying the act is too young to be considered pioneers, but could be “sons of pioneers.” Thus, the Sons Of The Pioneers receive their name

Mar 13, 1956

RCA releases Elvis Presley’s self-titled first album

Mar 13, 1963

Traditional country singer/songwriter Billy Yates is born in Doniphan, Missouri. He pens the George Jones singles “Choices” and “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair”

Mar 13, 1965

The Statler Brothers record “Flowers On The Wall” at a session originally slated for Johnny Cash, who failed to appear, at the Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville

Mar 13, 1969

Glen Campbell records “True Grit,” the title song for the John Wayne movie, at the RCA Studio in Hollywood

Mar 13, 1970

Roy Clark records “Thank God And Greyhound” during the evening hours at Bradley’s Barn in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee

Mar 13, 1972

Cal Smith records “The Lord Knows I’m Drinking” and “I’ve Found Someone Of My Own” in Nashville

Mar 13, 1972

Freddie Hart wins five times during the seventh annual Academy Of Country & Western Music awards at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. “Easy Loving” takes Single Record, Song and Album of the Year, and Hart claims Entertainer and Top Male Vocalist

Mar 13, 1978

RCA releases Steve Wariner’s debut single, “I’m Already Taken”

Mar 13, 1978

Gene Watson records “Farewell Party” at the Jack Clement Studios in Nashville

Mar 13, 1979

Crystal Gayle records “Half The Way” at Jack’s Tracks in Nashville

Mar 13, 1980

Johnny Cash holds a recording session at Nashville’s Quadraphonic Studios. It marks the first time that he’s backed in the studio by Marty Stuart

Mar 13, 2001

Charley Pride receives a Hall of Fame medallion during the first official function at the new Country Music Hall of Fame in downtown Nashville. Robyn Young also accepts one for his late father, Faron Young