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March 19

Mar 19, 1848

Frontier figure Wyatt Earp is born in Monmouth, Illinois. He’s referenced in Ed Bruce’s 1980 hit “The Last Cowboy Song”

Mar 19, 1940

Songwriter Lionel Delmore is born to Alton Delmore, of The Delmore Brothers. As an adult, Lionel will co-write the John Anderson hits “Swingin’,” “I Wish I Could Write You A Song” and “Honky Tonk Crowd”

Mar 19, 1956

Patsy Cline sends a letter to fan club president Treva Miller from her mother’s home in Winchester, Virginia, to say she’s left husband Gerald Cline: “He told me if I was gonna sing, I wasn’t going to live with him. So I’m back home”

Mar 19, 1957

Elvis Presley puts down $1,000 to buy Graceland Mansion in Memphis. The deal is completed less than one week later, purchased for $102,500

Mar 19, 1965

Waylon Jennings records his first charted single, “That’s The Chance I’ll Have To Take,” at RCA Studio B in Nashville during an evening session

Mar 19, 1968

Tom T. Hall marries “Truck Drivin’ Son-Of-A-Gun” songwriter Dixie Deen, whom he affectionately calls “Miss Dixie”

Mar 19, 1975

Tanya Tucker records “Lizzie And The Rainman” and “San Antonio Stroll”

Mar 19, 1977

Glen Campbell’s “Southern Nights” rides at #1 on the Billboard country chart

Mar 19, 1980

Reba McEntire records “(You Lift Me) Up To Heaven” in Nashville

Mar 19, 1984

RCA releases Vince Gill’s first solo album, “Turn Me Loose”

Mar 19, 1988

Ricky Van Shelton rises to #1 in Billboard with “Life Turned Her That Way”

Mar 19, 1990

Dolly Parton buys WSEV-AM & FM, the Sevier County radio station where she had her first recording session

Mar 19, 1991

MCA releases George Strait’s “Chill Of An Early Fall” album

Mar 19, 2003

Knoxville radio station WIVK, instrumental in the career of Dolly Parton, celebrates 50 years on the air with a party. Among the guests: Parton, Kenny Chesney, Darryl Worley, Trick Pony, Kenny Rogers, Phil Vassar, Joe Nichols and Aaron Tippin

Mar 19, 2011

“The King Of Luck,” a Willie Nelson documentary directed by Billy Bob Thornton, debuts in Austin with on-screen contributions from Kris Kristofferson, Paul English, Billy Joe Shaver, Joe Ely and Ray Price