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October 29

Charley Pride pitches four innings of shutout ball in 1956, as the Negro League All-Stars beat the Major League All-Stars, including Hank Aaron and Willie Mays, 4-2.

Rock guitarist Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle crash in Macon, GA in 1971. He was a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band.

Waylon Jennings recorded “This Time” at the Glaser Studios in Nashville in 1973. RCA initially refused the master, because it was not recorded at the label’s studio. Waylon won out and it eventually became a #1 record.

Moe Bandy recorded his first charted single in 1973 at Nashville’s Music City Recorders. I Just Started Hatin’ Cheatin’ Songs Today made it to #17 on the charts and helped Moe get the attention of record labels, producers and songwriters. It’d be a couple more years before he’d really hit his stride,

Glen Campbell stars as a sheriff in an NBC-TV movie, “A Strange Homecoming” in 1974. Robert Culp portrays his brother, and 12-year-old Leif Garrett played Campbell’s son

Elvis Presley recorded Way Down in the Jungle Room at Graceland Mansion in Memphis in 1976. It was his last single before his death the following year.

Alabama made their Grand Ole Opry debut on October 29, 1982. Several years later on the same day the band had another career milestone as they headlined a country show at legendary Madison Square Garden in New York City in 1989. Also on the bill – George Strait, Merle Haggard and Ricky Van Shelton.

Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton spend the first of two weeks at #1 in Billboard with Islands In The Stream in 1983.

Columbia released the “Honky Tonk Angels” album in 1993, featuring Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette. There had been rumors about the project for more than a decade. The album said to be Dolly Parton’s idea eventually went gold. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Songwriter Albert Brumley was born in Spiro, OK in 1905. He authors the gospel classic I’ll Fly Away and The Stanley Brothers’ Rank Stranger.

Sonny Osborne was born in Hyden, KY in 1937. With sibling Bobby, he formed The Osborne Brothers, a bluegrass act that joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1964. The Country Music Association’s Vocal Group of the Year for 1971, the Osbornes are best known for Rocky Top.