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May 15

May 15, 1918
Eddy Arnold is born in Henderson, Tennessee. Originally touted as the Tennessee Plowboy in his solid country recordings, he shifts into string-laden recordings in the 1960s on his way to membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame
May 15, 1942
K.T. Oslin is born in Crossett, Arkansas. Songs such as “80’s Ladies,” “Hold Me” and “Come Next Monday” make her a voice for serious women’s issues in the 20th century’s final two decades


May 15, 1959
Webb Pierce records the Mel Tillis-penned “I Ain’t Never” at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio in Nashville
May 15, 1972
Billy Grammer performs at a campaign rally in Laurel, Maryland, where presidential candidate George Wallace is ultimately shot. George Jones & Tammy Wynette cancel a pro-Wallace appearance later in the week in Florida
May 15, 1974
The Statler Brothers record “I’ll Go To My Grave Loving You” at the Mercury Recording Studio in Nashville
May 15, 1975
Melodyland releases T.G. Sheppard’s self-titled, debut album
May 15, 1978
Conway Twitty records “Your Love Had Taken Me That High” and “Boogie Grass Band” in an afternoon session at Bradley’s Barn in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee

May 15, 1979
Moe Bandy & Joe Stampley record “Just Good Ol’ Boys” in an afternoon session at Nashville’s Jack Clement Studios
May 15, 1982
Ricky Skaggs joins the Grand Ole Opry
May 15, 1986
Johnny Paycheck is found guilty of two charges stemming from a shooting in an Ohio barroom in December
May 15, 1993
Barbara Mandrell appears on NBC-TV’s “Empty Nest” as Harry Weston’s blind date
May 15, 1993
John Michael Montgomery earns the first #1 single of his career with “I Love The Way You Love Me”

May 15, 1997
Bill Monroe is inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Cleveland, alongside The Bee Gees, Joni Mitchell, The Young Rascals, The Jackson 5, King Records founder Syd Nathan, Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash
May 15, 2003
June Carter Cash dies in Nashville’s Baptist Hospital from complications following heart surgery. Best known for her duets with husband Johnny Cash, she was the daughter of Maybelle Carter and mother of Carlene Carter