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May 10, 1895
Carl T. Sprague is born near Alvin, Texas. In 1925, he records the first cowboy hit, “When The Work’s All Done This Fall”
May 10, 1909
Mother Maybelle Carter is born in Nickelsville, Virginia. With her cousin, Sara, and Sara’s husband, A.P. Carter, they form the Carter Family, one of the pioneering acts in country music. They enter the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1970
May 10, 1928
The Carter Family records “Wildwood Flower” and “John Hardy Was A Desperate Little Man” at the Victor Recording Studio in Camden, New Jersey

May 10, 1952
Hank Thompson takes over the #1 position in the Billboard country chart with “The Wild Side Of Life”
May 10, 1962
Johnny Cash plays prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York. He’s supported on the bill by George Jones, Tompall & The Glaser Brothers and The Carter Family
May 10, 1966
Charley Pride records “Just Between You And Me”

May 10, 1969
Merle Haggard is seen at #1 on the Billboard country chart with “Hungry Eyes”
May 10, 1973
Dottie West records “Country Sunshine” at Nashville’s Columbia Recording Studios
May 10, 1975
Gary Stewart manages his only #1 single in Billboard with one of the great country titles of all-time: “She’s Actin’ Single (I’m Drinkin’ Doubles)”
May 10, 1978
CBS airs “Roger Miller,” a comedic movie about a semi-retired country singer who owns a motel. Guess who stars…
May 10, 1980
Emmylou Harris collects a #1 country single in Billboard with “Beneath Still Waters”

May 10, 1986
Earl Thomas Conley records “I Can’t Win For Losin’ You”
May 10, 1986
The Judds reach #1 in Billboard with “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Old Days)”

May 10, 1987
Charlie Daniels portrays recording artist Stoney Carmichael in an episode of the CBS drama “Murder, She Wrote”
May 10, 1999
Songwriter Shel Silverstein is found dead at his Key West, Florida, home following a heart attack. The multi-talented cartoonist and author wrote Johnny Cash’s “A Boy Named Sue,” Bobby Bare’s “Marie Laveau” and Loretta Lynn’s “One’s On The Way”