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May 30

May 30, 1926
Fiddler Johnny Gimble is born in Tyler, Texas. Named Instrumentalist of the Year five times by the Country Music Association, his credits include work with Bob Wills, Willie Nelson, Moe Bandy and George Strait
May 30, 1933
Songwriter Don Wayne is born in Nashville. He wins an award for writing Cal Smith’s “Country Bumpkin” and authors Lefty Frizzell’s “Saginaw, Michigan”
May 30, 1960
Grand Ole Opry comedian Mike Snider is born in Gleason, Tennessee
May 30, 1964
Wynonna Judd is born at King’s Daughters Hospital in Ashland, Kentucky, the same day her mother, Naomi Judd, graduates from high school. After performing with Naomi in a record-setting duo, The Judds, Wynonna embarks on a soul-tinged solo career


May 30, 1966
Dolly Parton marries Carl Dean in Ringgold, Georgia
May 30, 1974
Conway Twitty records “I See The Want To In Your Eyes” at Bradley’s Barn in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee
May 30, 1974
Tom T. Hall records “Country Is” at Nashville’s Mercury Sound Studios
May 30, 1980
Elektra/Curb releases Hank Williams Jr.’s “Habits Old And New” album
May 30, 1981
The Oak Ridge Boys’ “Elvira” reaches #1 on the Billboard country chart

May 30, 1984
RCA releases the “Rhinestone” soundtrack, featuring Dolly Parton and her co-star, Sylvester Stallone. Also on the album are Stella Parton, Randy Parton, Floyd Parton and Kin Vassy
May 30, 1992
Billy Ray Cyrus and “Achy Breaky Heart” begin a five-week stay at the top of the Billboard country chart
May 30, 1995
MCA releases “One,” the first George Jones & Tammy Wynette single in 15 years

May 30, 2006
Bobby Harden dies. A member of The Harden Trio, he wrote the group’s lone hit, 1966’s “Tippy Toeing.” Among his other songwriting credits: Reba McEntire’s “Today All Over Again” and Mark Chesnutt’s “Too Cold At Home”
May 30, 2013
The Johnny Cash Museum holds its grand opening in downtown Nashville. The exhibit includes clothing the Man in Black wore in a White House concert, equipment used to record “I Walk The Line” and metal cups he received when he recorded “Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison”