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Mar 29, 1909

Moon Mullican is born in Corrigan, Texas. Nicknamed the King of the Hillbilly Piano Players, he runs a string of seven Top 10 hits from 1947-1951, including “Cherokee Boogie,” “I’ll Sail My Ship Alone” and “Mona Lisa”

Mar 29, 1960

Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge opens on lower Broadway in Nashville, just around the corner from the Grand Ole Opry. The small, lavender bar becomes a hangout for the likes of Willie Nelson, Harlan Howard, Hank Cochran and Mel Tillis

Mar 29, 1965

RCA celebrates the grand opening of RCA Studio A, later known as Music City Music Hall and Javelina. Among the records made there: Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance,” George Strait’s “Unwound” and Kacey Musgraves’ “Merry Go ‘Round”

Mar 29, 1969

Keyboard player Brady Seals is born in Hamilton, Ohio. As a member of Little Texas, he contributes to such hits as “What Might Have Been,” “God Blessed Texas” and “Kick A Little” before leaving in 1994 for a solo career

Mar 29, 1971

Named it after a man of the cloth: Jerry Reed earns a gold single, for “Amos Moses”

Mar 29, 1973

Billy “Crash” Craddock records “Sweet Magnolia Blossom” and “Ruby, Baby” in an evening session at the Woodland Sound Studio in Nashville

Mar 29, 1977

Kenny Rogers records “Daytime Friends” at the Jack Clement Studios in Nashville

Mar 29, 1980

Conway Twitty nets a #1 country single in Billboard with “I’d Love To Lay You Down”

Mar 29, 1983

Merle Haggard records “Someday When Things Are Good” in Nashville

Mar 29, 1985

Columbia releases USA For Africa’s “We Are The World” album, featuring Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kenny Rogers with a host of pop and rock stars, including Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie and Bruce Springsteen

Mar 29, 1991

Bankruptcy officials open two storage warehouses at a Nashville Stor-N-Lok, where they discover numerous valuables Dottie West hid before filing for bankruptcy. The stash includes stage clothes, porcelain dolls and a guitar with her name on it

Mar 29, 1997

The Grand Ole Opry honors Jim & Jesse for their 50th anniversary as performers

Mar 29, 1997

Reba McEntire’s “How Was I To Know” reaches #1 on the Billboard country chart

Mar 29, 2004

Steel guitarist Dannie Jones dies. A former member of The Bellamy Brothers’ band, he played on such hits as “Too Much Is Not Enough” and “Kids Of The Baby Boom”