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Mar 27, 1929

Steel guitarist and background singer Don Warden is born in Mount Grove, Missouri. He appears on a string of Porter Wagoner hits, including “A Satisfied Mind,” “Misery Loves Company” and “Eat, Drink, And Be Merry (Tomorrow You’ll Cry)”

Mar 27, 1936

David Rogers is born in Atlanta, Georgia. The singer scores two Top 10 hits: 1972’s “Need You” and 1974’s “Loving You Has Changed My Life”

Mar 27, 1940

Janis Martin is born in Sutherlin, Virginia. She becomes the first female rockabilly star

Mar 27, 1951

Red Foley records “(There’ll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)” in Nashville

Mar 27, 1951

Songwriter Kent Blazy is born in Lexington, Kentucky. He authors Garth Brooks’ “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” Gary Morris’ “Headed For A Heartache” and Chris Young’s “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song),” among others

Mar 27, 1952

Sam Phillips’ Sun Records releases its first record, “Blues In My Condition” and “Sellin’ My Stuff” by Jackie Boy and Little Walter. Three years later, the label will spawn such acts as Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis

Mar 27, 1958

Sometimes-country singer Sheb Wooley records the mammoth pop novelty hit “The Purple People Eater” during the evening at Radio Recorders in Hollywood

Mar 27, 1965

Roger Miller’s “King Of The Road” occupies the #1 position on the Billboard country singles chart

Mar 27, 1968

Willie Nelson records “Sweet Memories” with producer Chet Atkins, then waits 11 years for it to become a hit

Mar 27, 1971

Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn share the top spot on the Billboard country singles chart with “After The Fire Is Gone”

Mar 27, 1972

Columbia releases Tanya Tucker’s debut single, “Delta Dawn”

Mar 27, 1974

Fiddler Aubrey Haynie is born in Tampa, Florida. He becomes one of Nashville’s premiere session players, appearing on hits by Faith Hill, Keith Urban, Darius Rucker, Shania Twain and Carrie Underwood, among others

Mar 27, 1975

Tom T. Hall records “I Like Beer” at Mercury’s Nashville recording studio

Mar 27, 1979

Johnny Cash records the western classic “(Ghost) Riders In The Sky” in Nashville at the Jack Clement Studios

Mar 27, 1985

RCA releases Restless Heart’s self-titled debut album

Mar 27, 1989

Buck Owens re-records “Act Naturally” with Ringo Starr at the historic Abbey Road Studios in London

Mar 27, 1992

A whopping 116 gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards are certified for the late Elvis Presley. The windfall includes gold singles for “(You’re The) Devil In Disguise,” “Kentucky Rain,” “Blue Christmas,” “A Big Hunk O’ Love” and “If I Can Dream”

Mar 27, 2006

Elvis Presley’s Memphis home, Graceland Mansion, is officially recognized as a national historic landmark

Mar 27, 2018

Ricky Skaggs, Dottie West and fiddler Johnny Gimble are announced as the 2018 Country Music Hall of Fame inductees in a ceremony in the facility’s Rotunda