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October 9

Dolly Parton and her uncle, Bill Owens, established Owepar in 1967. The publishing company owns the copyrights to all their songs.

The Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame inducts 19 new members in 1971, including Jenny Lou Carson, Wilf Carter, Zeke Clements, Jimmie Davis, The Delmore Brothers, Al Dexter, Vaughn Horton, Bradley Kincaid, Bill Monroe, Bob Nolan, Tex Ritter, Tim Spencer and Jimmy Wakely. 

Elvis Presley and Priscilla were granted a divorce in Santa Monica in 1973. He paid $725,000 cash, plus $6,000 monthly for 10 years and $4,000 monthly in child support.

The Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame inducts Kris Kristofferson, Woody Guthrie, Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash in 1977.

Grandpa Jones joined the Country Music Hall Of Fame during the 12th annual Country Music Association awards in 1978, held at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House. Johnny Cash hosts the event for the fifth time. That night Dolly Parton’s dress splits as she walks off with the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year award.

Hank Thompson, songwriter/bass player Cliffie Stone and music publisher Jack Stapp enter the Country Music Hall of Fame during the 23rd annual Country Music Association awards at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House in 1989. During the CMA Awards that year,  Hank Williams Jr.’s duet with Hank Sr. on “There’s A Tear In My Beer” wins two honors: Vocal Event and Music Video of the Year, directed by Ethan Russell

Reba McEntire stars in the CBS-TV movie “Is There Life Out There?” based on her hit single of the same name. The movie premiered on October 9, 1994.


Guitarist Gary Bennett was born in Las Vegas in 1964. He becomes one of two lead singers in BR549, a traditionally-grounded band that grows out of Nashville’s lower Broadway in the mid-1990s to become critical favorites and Grammy nominees.