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March 9

Mar 9, 1919

Guitarist Cleo Davis is born. He’s the first musician Bill Monroe hires, in August 1938, when he assembles his Blue Grass Boys

Mar 9, 1925

Ralph Sloan is born in Wilson County, Tennessee. He forms a clog-dancing group, The Tennessee Travelers, who join the Grand Ole Opry in 1952. Following his death in 1980, Sloan’s brother takes over the act, re-naming it The Melvin Sloan Dancers

Mar 9, 1936

Mickey Gilley is born in Natchez, Mississippi. A piano-playing cousin of Jerry Lee Lewis and reverend Jimmy Swaggart, he becomes a ballad singer during the Urban Cowboy era, in which his club, Gilley’s, plays a central role

Mar 9, 1957

“The Badge Of Marshall Brennan” premieres in American movie theaters. The picture features Carl Smith and Marty Robbins

Mar 9, 1966

Jan Howard records “Evil On Your Mind” in Nashville

Mar 9, 1968

The Byrds record “Hickory Wind” and “You Ain’t Going Nowhere,” key songs on their landmark country-rock album “Sweetheart Of The Rodeo,” at the Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville

Mar 9, 1969

Buck Owens records “Johnny B. Goode” live at London’s Palladium

Mar 9, 1970

Johnny Cash records “What Is Truth” at the Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville

Mar 9, 1972

Waylon Jennings records “You Can Have Her” at Nashville’s RCA Studio B

Mar 9, 1976

Johnny Cash has a star entered in the Hollywood Walk of Fame, right next to Humphrey Bogart’s

Mar 9, 1989

Kevin Hughes, chart director for the music trade publication Cash Box, is shot on Music Row in Nashville. The killer is unidentified for more than 13 years

Mar 9, 1991

Alan Jackson tops the Billboard country singles chart for the first time in his career with “I’d Love You All Over Again”

Mar 9, 1993

The Music City News awards Song of the Year honors to “I Still Believe In You,” written by Vince Gill and John Jarvis, at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House

Mar 9, 1993

Atlantic releases Tracy Lawrence’s “Alibis” album

Mar 9, 1993

Mercury releases Sammy Kershaw’s “Haunted Heart” album

Mar 9, 2005

Chris LeDoux dies of bile duct cancer at Wyoming’s Casper Medical Center, after battling several liver diseases. A professional rodeo star, he recorded more than 30 albums and had a hit with Garth Brooks on “Whatcha Gonna Do With A Cowboy”