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Leonard Slye legally adopted his stage name in 1942. The new  name? Roy Rogers

Columbia released a Gene Autry’s holiday hit in 1947 –  “Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)”

Johnny Cash arrived in Atlanta in 1969 to begin filming “The Trail Of Tears,” a PBS special about the treatment of Georgia’s Cherokee nation. Cash has Cherokee heritage.

Faron Young was at Mercury Recording Studio on October 6, 1971 to  record “It’s Four In The Morning” 

Marty Robbins hit a wall at 160 mph to avoid hitting other drivers in the National 500 stock car race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1974. Robbins sustains two broken ribs and a broken tailbone, and requires 37 facial stitches.

In 1996 Kellogg’s puts Clint Black’s image on boxes of its “Heart Healthy” line of cereals for the next five weeks 

Alabama is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1998. It’s located at 7060 Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles 

Warner Bros. released Connie Smith’s self-titled album in 1998. It was produced by Marty Stuart. It’s her first album in two decades 

We lost Billy Joe Royal in 2015. Following his start in pop music, he became a country star in the late-1980s, notching hits with “I Miss You Already,” “Love Has No Right” and “Tell It Like It Is”


Songwriter Kendall Hayes was born in Perryville, KY in 1935. He writes Leroy Van Dyke’s 1961 country hit “Walk On By”

Guitarist David Hidalgo was born in Los Angeles in 1954. As a founding member of Los Lobos, he will co-write “Will The Wolf Survive,” a country hit for Waylon Jennings.

Tim Rushlow was born in Arlington, TX in 1966. He became the lead singer of Little Texas, a six-man harmony group that earned consistent success in the early-1990s. He later adds a 2001 solo hit and forms another group in 2002, Rushlow.


Tim McGraw married Faith Hill in Rayville, LA on October 6, 1996. It was the day of his Swampstock benefit concert. In attendance are fellow artists Mark Collie, Tracy Lawrence, Mark Chesnutt and Jeff Carson.