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March 22

Mar 22, 1952: Uncle Dave Macon dies at Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The singer/songwriter/comedian/banjo player became one of the Grand Ole Opry’s first members while in his 50s, entering the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1966

Mar 22, 1955: James House is born in Sacramento, California. A songwriter on Diamond Rio’s “In A Week Or Two,” Martina McBride’s “A Broken Wing” and Dwight Yoakam’s “Ain’t That Lonely Yet,” he earns a hit of his own in 1995 with “This Is Me Missing You”

Mar 22, 1955: Johnny Cash records his first single, “Hey, Porter,” at the Sun Studio in Memphis

Mar 22, 1958: Hank Williams Jr. makes his public stage debut at the age of eight at the Nancy Auditorium in Swainsboro, Georgia. The facility is owned by Webb Pierce and music executive Jim Denny

Mar 22, 1968: Tammy Wynette records “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” at Nashville’s Columbia Recording Studios

Mar 22, 1971: Merle Haggard wins a trio of honors in the sixth Academy Of Country & Western Music awards at the Hollywood Palladium. He claims Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year, and his Strangers take Top Touring Band

Mar 22, 1971: Capitol releases the Merle Haggard album “Hag”

Mar 22, 1976: Waylon Jennings records “Are You Ready For The Country” and “Can’t You See” at Sound Labs in Hollywood

Mar 22, 1976: Hank Williams Jr. undergoes three hours of plastic surgery to repair his forehead following an August mountain injury in which he fell 500 feet in Montana. The surgery includes the insertion of a plastic shield beneath his skin

Mar 22, 1983: Earl Thomas Conley records “Don’t Make It Easy For Me,” “Holding Her And Loving You” and “Your Love’s On The Line”

Mar 22, 1984: Ricky Skaggs records “Country Boy”

Mar 22, 1984: Mercury releases Kathy Mattea’s self-titled debut album

Mar 22, 1994: Curb releases Tim McGraw’s “Not A Moment Too Soon” album

Mar 22, 2011: Rosanne Cash performs at Folsom Prison, the same facility where her father, Johnny Cash, recorded one of his best-known albums