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Mar 26, 1928

Steel guitarist Bud Isaacs is born in Bedford, Indiana. His performance on Webb Pierce’s “Slowly” establishes the steel as a significant country instrument. He also plays on duet hits for Red Foley and Kitty Wells

Mar 26, 1942

Songwriter/pianist Larry Butler is born in Pensacola, Florida. He heads United Artists Records in the mid-1970s, and becomes the first country figure to win a Grammy for Record Producer of the Year. His production credits include Kenny Rogers, Dottie West, John Denver and Billie Jo Spears

Mar 26, 1948

Steven Tallarico is born in New York, New York. As Steven Tyler, he sings lead on Aerosmith’s 1998 pop hit “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing,” which Mark Chesnutt immediately re-constructs as a country hit

Mar 26, 1953

Michael Bonagura, of Baillie & The Boys, is born in Newark, New Jersey. His wife, Kathie Baillie, sings lead for the harmony act, which earns seven Top 10 hits in the late-1980s, including “Oh Heart,” “Long Shot” and “(I Wish I Had A) Heart Of Stone”

Mar 26, 1953

Jim Denny and Webb Pierce create Cedarwood Publishing in Nashville. The publishing company represents songs by such writers as Mel Tillis, John D. Loudermilk, Marijohn Wilkin, Carl Perkins and Danny Dill

Mar 26, 1955

Songwriter Dean Dillon is born in Lake City, Tennessee. He writeis the George Strait hits “Ocean Front Property,” “The Chair” and “Unwound,” plus “Miami My Amy,” by Keith Whitley; “Set ‘Em Up Joe,” by Vern Gosdin; and “By Now,” by Steve Wariner

Mar 26, 1956

Charly McClain is born in Jackson, Tennessee. Her distinctive southern voice marks such 1980s releases as “Who’s Cheatin’ Who,” “Radio Heart” and a duet with Mickey Gilley, “Paradise Tonight”

Mar 26, 1968

Kenny Chesney is born in Knoxville, Tennessee. After a 1993 launch, he becomes one of the biggest hitmakers of the early-21st century, regularly winning Entertainer of the Year trophies and selling out stadiums in his annual summer concert treks

Mar 26, 1969

The Allman Brothers Band is formed in Jacksonville, Florida. Two members, Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts, will go on to earn country hits as songwriters

Mar 26, 1971

Tom T. Hall records “The Year That Clayton Delaney Died” at Nashville’s Mercury Custom Recording Studio

Mar 26, 1981

Reba McEntire records “Only You (And You Alone)” and “Today All Over Again” during a 2 p.m. Nashville session

Mar 26, 1982

MCA releases Don Williams’ album “Listen To The Radio”

Mar 26, 1983

John Anderson goes to #1 on the Billboard country chart with “Swingin"”

Mar 26, 1984

President Ronald Reagan bestows the Presidential Medal of Freedom upon Tennessee Ernie Ford in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C.

Mar 26, 1996

Curb releases Jo Dee Messina’s self-titled debut album

Mar 26, 1997

Tanya Tucker’s autobiography, “Nickel Dreams,” hits bookstores

Mar 26, 2013

EMI releases Alan Jackson’s gospel album “Precious Memories: Volume II”