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November 20

Jim Reeves recorded Welcome To My World in 1961 during the evening at Nashville’s RCA Studio B. He also recorded Have You Ever Been Lonely (Have You Ever Been Blue), which would become a hit 20 years later when his vocals were paired with Patsy Cline’s.

At the top of this chart stands a big, big man: Big Bad John took Jimmy Dean to #1 on the Billboard country chart in 1961.

Patty Loveless rode the Santa Train from Pikeville, KY to Kingsport, TN in 1999 helping distribute 15 tons of Christmas gifts to people in three states. It inspired her to write a song.

Movie director Robert Altman died in 2006. He was best known for his work on M*A*S*H and Nashville, but he also co-wrote the John Anderson hit Black Sheep.

Loretta Lynn was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in Washington, D.C in 2013.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Eck Robertson was born in Delaney, AR in 1887. In 1922, the fiddler joined his friend Henry Gilliland to record 12 sides in New York for the Victor label, making them the first performers to record country music.

Songwriter Curly Putman was born in Princeton, AL in 1930. A member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, he wrote Tammy Wynette’s D-I-V-O-R-C-E, Moe Bandy’s It’s A Cheating Situation and George Jones’ He Stopped Loving Her Today. Learn more about Curly here.

Songwriter Roger Murrah was born in Athens, AL in 1946. His credits include Alabama’s I’m In A Hurry (And Don’t Know Why), The Oak Ridge Boys’ It Takes A Little Rain (To Make Love Grow) and Alan Jackson’s Don’t Rock The Jukebox.

That same day in 1946, rock guitarist Duane Allman was born in Nashville. He was a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band.

Songwriter Even Stevens was also born on November 20, 1946 . A co-writer of most of Eddie Rabbitt’s hits, he also authors The Oak Ridge Boys’ No Matter How High, Kenny Rogers’ Love Will Turn You Around and Conway Twitty’s Crazy In Love, among others.

Josh Turner was born in Hannah, SC in 1977. On the heels of 2003’s Long Black Train, he’s built a line of tradition-minded, deep-voiced hits, including Firecracker, Would You Go With Me, Time Is Love and Why Don’t We Just Dance. You can see Josh Turner perform next fall at Paramount Bristol. Get your tickets here! He’ll no doubt do some selections from his latest project, Country State of Mind – a tribute to some of his favorite country legends.