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Mar 24, 1928

Dulcimer player Kitty Cora Cline makes her Grand Ole Opry debut. She becomes the first female soloist to perform on the show

Mar 24, 1935

Bass player Carol Kaye is born in Everett, Washington. One of the session players in the West Coast’s Wrecking Crew, she appears on records by The Beach Boys, The Righteous Brothers and Nancy Sinatra, plus Glen Campbell’s “Wichita Lineman”

Mar 24, 1947

Peggy Sue Webb is born in Butcher Holler, Kentucky. A sister to both Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle, she performs under the name Peggy Sue, sliding into country music’s Top 30 during the 1960s, but never attaining the stature of her siblings

Mar 24, 1947

Songwriter Charlene Montgomery is born in Hodges, Alabama. She co-writes George Jones’ 1972 hit “Loving You Could Never Be Better”

Mar 24, 1969

Porter Wagoner signs a contract with RCA Records making him a co-producer on all Dolly Parton sessions

Mar 24, 1979

Anne Murray registers a #1 country single in Billboard with “I Just Fall In Love Again”

Mar 24, 1980

The first all-country panel of guests debuts on “Hollywood Squares.” Joining regular George Gobel: George Jones, Jim Stafford, Tammy Wynette, Minnie Pearl, Mel Tillis, comedian George “Goober” Lindsey, Margo Smith and Roy Clark

Mar 24, 1984

“Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler)” drives Alabama to the top position on the Billboard country singles chart

Mar 24, 1986

MCA releases The Oak Ridge Boys’ album “Seasons”

Mar 24, 2000

Steel guitarist and executive Joe Talbot dies in Nashville of lung cancer. A publisher and owner of a record pressing plant, he performed with Hank Snow from 1950-1954, appearing on “(Now And Then There’s) A Fool Such As I” and “I’m Moving On”

Mar 24, 2006

After a chicken-fried steak dinner, Buck Owens performs for the last time at his Crystal Palace theater in Bakersfield. He dies in his sleep the following morning. His last song: “Big In Vegas”

Mar 24, 2007

Henson Cargill dies in Oklahoma City, days after undergoing surgery. He earned a trio of hits in the late-1960s, including “Skip A Rope,” a crossover single with a distinct message about hypocrisy and social injustice

Mar 24, 2012

Carol Lee Cooper retires from the Grand Ole Opry with one last performance after 40 years with the backing group The Carol Lee Singers. The remaining vocalists will continue with a new name, The Opry Singers