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Sep 2, 1945
The Japanese surrender World War II on the U.S.S. Missouri. Watching nearby from the deck of the U.S.S. Bennington is teenager Jerry Clower
Sep 2, 1948
Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Terry Bradshaw is born in Shreveport, Louisiana. He appears in four Super Bowls, but also nets a recording contract with Mercury in 1975, recording a minor country hit with “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”
Sep 2, 1959
Drummer Paul Deakin is born in Miami, Florida. He helps found The Mavericks, whose eclectic brand of country nets two awards apiece from the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music as Vocal Group of the Year in the 1990s
Sep 2, 1969
Capitol releases the album “A Portrait Of Merle Haggard”
Sep 2, 1974
Waylon Jennings records “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” at the Jack Clement Studios in Nashville. He also cuts “The Door Is Always Open,” destined to become a 1976 hit for Dave & Sugar

Sep 2, 1978
Willie Nelson’s version of the Irving Berlin song “Blue Skies” reaches #1 on the Billboard country chart
Sep 2, 1980
Songwriter Bill Boling dies in a car accident, 18 months after Johnny Rodriguez had a hit with his song “Down On The Rio Grande”
Sep 2, 1983
Mercury releases Kathy Mattea’s debut single, “Street Talk”
Sep 2, 1991
Capitol releases Garth Brooks’ “Ropin’ The Wind” album
Sep 2, 1992
George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today” ranks #1 as Country America magazine lists the Top 100 Country Songs Of All-Time. Also charting for the Possum: “She Thinks I Still Care,” #74; and “The Grand Tour,” #90
Sep 2, 1993
Johnny Cash records with guitarist Mike Campbell, of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers; and Red Hot Chili Peppers Flea and Chad Smith at the Ocean Way Studios in Los Angeles while working on his “American Recordings” album

Sep 2, 1994
Liberty releases “The Garth Brooks Collection,” a new compilation of mostly non-hits, available only through McDonald’s
Sep 2, 2005
Josh Turner records a gospel song, “Me And God,” with one of his idols, Ralph Stanley, in Nashville
Sep 2, 2014
Berkley Hardcover publishes “Elvis & Ginger: Elvis Presley’s Fiancee And Last Love Finally Tells Her Story”