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November 5

Jerry Reed recorded his million-selling Amos Moses on this date in 1969. 

That same day in ‘69, Sonny James records It’s Just A Matter Of Time at the Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville.

C.W. McCall was elected mayor of Ouray, CO in 1985, by a 259-81 vote.

Conway Twitty recorded Julia during an evening session in 1986 at Sound Stage in Nashville.

Jerry Lee Lewis scored an impromptu audition at Memphis’ Sun Records in 1956, with engineer Jack Clement. In less than 10 days, he made his first record.

Johnny Horton was killed in a head-on auto accident in Austin, TX after performing at the Skyline in 1960. Also injured: manager Tillman Franks and guitarist Tommy Tomlinson. Horton’s last words before the accident: “You know, Tillman, the Lord’s been real good to me this year.” Horton was still alive when emergency crews arrived, but died en route to the hospital. 

Arista released Pam Tillis’ first hit, Don’t Tell Me What To Do in 1990.

Alan Jackson guest stars on the NBC series Matlock, featuring Andy Griffith in 1992.

American Recordings released Johnny Cash’s American IV: The Man Comes Around in 2002. It’s the last album of new material issued during The Man in Black’s lifetime.

Arista released Alan Jackson’s second holiday album, Let It Be Christmas in 2002.

Carl Smith and piano player Floyd Cramer officially enter the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2003 during the 37th annual Country Music Association awards at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House.

Backbeat published Buck ‘Em: The Autobiography Of Buck Owens in 2013. The book was written with Randy Poe. Dwight Yoakam wrote the preface; Brad Paisley penned the foreword.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Leonard Slye was born in Cincinnati, OH in 1911. As Roy Rogers, he becomes a silver-screen cowboy, joining the Country Music Hall of Fame as a solo star and as a member of The Sons Of The Pioneers.

Songwriter/producer Billy Sherrill was born in Phil Campbell, AL in 1936. He wrote Stand By Your Man, Almost Persuaded and The Most Beautiful Girl, and many, many more. The Hall of Famer also produced for artists like George Jones, Johnny Paycheck and Marty Robbins. 

Gram Parsons was born in Winter Haven, FL in 1946. As a member of The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, and as a solo artist, he becomes an important figure in the development of country-rock. He toured and recorded with his protege, Emmylou Harris.

Bryan Adams was born in Vancouver, Canada in 1959. The pop/rock star takes record producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange to Nashville for Fan Fair in 1993, where Lange meets future wife Shania Twain. Adams and Lange also co-write the Lonestar hit You Walked In.

Heather and Jennifer Kinley were born in Philadelphia, PA in 1970. They form a duo, The Kinleys, and win the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Duo or Group award in 1998 on the heels of a debut album brimming with strong harmonies.