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May 6, 1931
Fiddler Charlie Cline is born in Baisden, West Virginia. A member of numerous bluegrass bands, he plays with Bill Monroe in the early-1950s, appearing on “Wheel Hoss,” “In The Pines” and “Blue Moon Of Kentucky”
May 6, 1935
The Carter Family records “Can The Circle Be Unbroken (Bye And Bye)” at the ARC Studios in New York
May 6, 1945
Bob Seger is born in Dearborn, Michigan. A noted rock musician, Seger gains a minor country hit with “Shame On The Moon.” He also writes “We’ve Got Tonight,” covered by Kenny Rogers & Sheena Easton
May 6, 1947
Lulu Roman is born in Dallas, Texas. After working as a go-go girl, she splurges to more than 300 pounds and ends up in a comedic role on “Hee Haw.” She eventually segues into a career as a gospel performer
May 6, 1949
The Delmore Brothers record “Blues Stay Away From Me” and “Pan American Boogie” at the E.T. Herzog Studio in Cincinnati
May 6, 1970
Sammi Smith records the Kris Kristofferson-penned “Help Me Make It Through The Night” at Nashville’s Monument Studio


May 6, 1974
Merle Haggard appears on the cover of Time magazine with the headline “Songs Of Love, Loyalty & Doubt: Country Music”
May 6, 1977
Emmylou Harris records Dolly Parton’s “To Daddy” using Brian Ahern’s Enactron Truck in Los Angeles
May 6, 1985
Alabama wins Entertainer of the Year; Top Vocal Group; and Album of the Year, for “Roll On”; in the 20th annual Academy Of Country Music awards, aired on NBC from the Goodtime Theater at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California

May 6, 1989
Keith Whitley plays a concert date at the Armadillo Ballroom in Brazoria, Texas, that amounts to his final show
May 6, 1992
Trisha Yearwood records “You Say You Will” and “Walkaway Joe” at the Sound Emporium in Nashville
May 6, 1996
Villard publishes George Jones’ autobiography, “I Lived To Tell It All,” co-written with Tom Carter
May 6, 2012
Comedian George “Goober” Lindsey dies in Nashville. A regular on “The Andy Griffith Show,” he spent 20 years as a cast member on “Hee Haw”