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October 12

The Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame inducted its first 20 members in 1970. The list includes Ted Daffan, Johnny Bond, Floyd Tillman, Stuart Hamblen, Cindy Walker, Merle Travis, Pee Wee King, Redd Stewart, Bob Wills, Fred Rose, Hank Williams, A.P. Carter and Jimmie Rodgers

Barbara Mandrell became the first act to win consecutive Entertainer of the Year awards from the Country Music Association in 1981.  Mandrell, who co-hosts with Mac Davis, also wins Female Vocalist of the Year.

The Oak Ridge Boys become the first country act honored with the Recording Industry Association of America’s new multi-platinum award in 1984. They’re recognized as double-platinum for shipping two million copies of the “Fancy Free” album

About two decades after he first joined Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys, fiddler Kenny Baker quits the band on stage in 1984. He said he was frustrated by Monroe’s inattention to non-performing band details.

The Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame inducts Dolly Parton and Otis Blackwell in 1986. Blackwell wrote Elvis Presley’s “Don’t Be Cruel” and Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls Of Fire”

In 1987, Comedian Rod Brasfield joins the Country Music Hall of Fame during the 21st annual Country Music Association awards show at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. That same night Randy Travis took home three honors: Male Vocalist of the Year; Album, for “Always And Forever”; and Single, for “Forever And Ever, Amen,” also named Song of the Year.

George Strait recorded “Ace In The Hole” at the Sound Stage Studios in Nashville in 1988. It was written by Dennis Adkins. It was released in July 1989 as the third single from his album Beyond the Blue Neon and became his 18th #1 single as well as his 11th in a row.

Ricky Van Shelton’s “Keep It Between The Lines” drives to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart in 1991. It would become the final #1 single of RVS’s career.

John Denver was killed in a plane crash near Monterey, California in 1997. The engine quit on the test plane he was piloting. Denver left a string of folk-influenced pop-country hits, including “Thank God I’m A Country Boy,” “Annie’s Song” and “Back Home Again”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Harmonica player Terry McMillan was born in Lexington, NC in 1953. He worked with the likes of Elvis Presley, Ray Charles and Dolly Parton, and gains his biggest recognition for his parts on Garth Brooks’ “Ain’t Goin’ Down (‘Til The Sun Comes Up)”

Registered bloodhound Beauregard was born in 1966. The dog belonged to the show’s technical director, Joe Hostettler and became a star on “Hee Haw”