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Mar 25, 1923

Bonnie Guitar is born in Seattle, Washington. An L.A. session guitarist in the 1950s, she has three Top 10 country hits in the 1960s and co-founds Dolphin Records, which yields The Fleetwoods’ pop hit “Come Softly” and The Ventures’ “Walk–Don’t Run”

Mar 25, 1927

Musician/executive Joe Talbot is born in Nashville. A member of Hank Snow’s Rainbow Ranch Boys from 1950-1954, he plays steel guitar on “(Now And Then There’s) A Fool Such As I,” “The Golden Rocket” and “I’m Moving On,” among others

Mar 25, 1934

Johnny Burnette is born in Memphis, Tennessee. In the mid-1950s, Johnny Burnette & The Rock ‘N’ Roll Trio becomes a rockabilly force, pioneering the use of distortion

Mar 25, 1938

Hoyt Axton is born in Duncan, Oklahoma. The son of Mae Boren Axton, who wrote “Heartbreak Hotel,” he nets two Top 10 country hits in 1974 and writes pop hits for Three Dog Night, Ringo Starr and Steppenwolf

Mar 26, 1950

Ronnie McDowell is born in Fountain Head, Tennessee. Following his 1977 tribute to Elvis Presley, “The King Is Gone,” he reaps more than a dozen Top 10 hits through 1987, including “Older Women” and “You’re Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation”

Mar 25, 1953

Webb Pierce records “It’s Been So Long,” “Don’t Throw Your Life Away” and “There Stands The Glass” at Nashville’s Castle Studio in the Tulane Hotel

Mar 25, 1961

Elvis Presley performs at Bloch Arena in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, his last concert for nearly eight years. He donates $5,000 to the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial Fund, joined on the appearance by Minnie Pearl

Mar 25, 1963

Johnny Cash records “Ring Of Fire” at the Columbia¬†Recording Studio in Nashville

Mar 25, 1966

Buck Owens records a live album at New York’s prestigious Carnegie Hall, kicking off the concert with “Act Naturally.” Opening the show: Dick Curless

Mar 25, 1974

Charlie Rich wins three times during the ninth annual Academy Of Country Music awards at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. Rich swipes Top Male Vocalist, Single Record and Album of the Year for “Behind Closed Doors,” also named Song of the Year

Mar 25, 1983

Epic releases George Jones’ “Shine On” album

Mar 25, 1986

Tammy Wynette begins a run playing a waitress on the CBS-TV daytime soap opera “Capitol.” In the role, she has a romance with an actor played by Rory Calhoun

Mar 25, 1987

Rosanne Cash records “Runaway Train” and “Tennessee Flat Top Box”

Mar 25, 1989

Reba McEntire takes the top spot on the Billboard country singles chart with “New Fool At An Old Game”

Mar 25, 1990

Glen Campbell, Tanya Tucker, Janie Fricke, Roy Clark and Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers Band perform for George Bush as WTBS tapes “A Festival At Ford’s Theatre: The Stars Salute The President” in Washington, D.C.

Mar 25, 2003

“Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie” premieres at Nashville’s Belcourt Theatre the day the soundtrack is released. The album features Leon Russell’s “Act Naturally,” Chris Cagle’s “Don’t Ask Me No Questions” and Brad Paisley’s “Sharp Dressed Man”

Mar 25, 2006

Country Music Hall of Famer Buck Owens dies in his sleep at his Bakersfield home. Known for his red, white and blue guitar, Owens hosted TV’s “Hee Haw” for more than 15 years and left such classics as “Together Again” and “I’ve Got A Tiger By The Tail”

Mar 25, 2009

Dan Seals dies of lymphoma at his daughter’s Nashville home. A former member of pop music’s England Dan & John Ford Coley, he collected 11 #1 hits as a country singer, including “Bop,” “You Still Move Me” and “Good Times”