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Mar 4, 1932

Betty Jack Davis is born in Corbin, Kentucky. Along with Skeeter Davis, to whom she is not related, she forms The Davis Sisters, but dies in a car crash just weeks before their only hit, “I Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know,” reaches the national charts

Mar 4, 1934

Bluegrass mandolin player John Duffey is born in Washington, D.C. He gains acclaim as a member of The Country Gentlemen, whose blend of traditional and progressive bluegrass allows them to work for over 40 years, despite numerous lineup changes

Mar 4, 1965

Little Jimmy Dickens records “May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose” during the evening at the Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville

Mar 4, 1967

Merle Haggard goes to #1 on the Billboard chart for the first time with “The Fugitive”

Mar 4, 1967

Capitol releases Merle Haggard’s album “I’m A Lonesome Fugitive”

Mar 4, 1968

Glen Campbell wins three trophies in the third annual Academy of Country & Western Music awards at Los Angeles’ Century Plaza Hotel: Top Male Vocalist; Single Record of the Year, for “Gentle On My Mind”; and Album, for the LP of the same name

Mar 4, 1978

Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson park themselves at #1 in Billboard, where they stay for four weeks, with “Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys”

Mar 4, 1980

“Coal Miner’s Daughter,” the story of Loretta Lynn’s life, premieres in Nashville, with Sissy Spacek in the lead role. Also receiving minor roles: Roy Acuff and Minnie Pearl


Mar 4, 1983

George Jones marries Nancy Sepulveda at the home of his sister, Helen Scroggins, in Woodville, Texas. The newlyweds eat their wedding-night dinner at a Burger King 25 miles away in Jasper, Texas

Mar 4, 1986

Buck Owens announces he’s leaving the syndicated TV show “Hee Haw” after 17 years as co-host with Roy Clark

Mar 4, 1994

Joe Diffie records “Third Rock From The Sun” and “I’m In Love With A Capital ‘U"” at the Soundshop in Nashville

Mar 4, 1996

Minnie Pearl dies in Nashville of complications from a stroke. Noted for her homespun humor, the country comic spent more than 50 years with the Grand Ole Opry, becoming a regular on “HeeHaw” and a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Mar 4, 2020

Garth Brooks receives the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress during a tribute concert in Washington, D.C. Performers include Chris Stapleton, Keb’ Mo’, Keith Urban and Trisha Yearwood