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September 20

In 1955 Tennessee Ernie Ford headed to the Capitol Recording Studio on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood to record a song written by Merle Travis. According to Travis, the line “another day older and deeper in debt” from the chorus was a phrase often used by his father – a coal miner.

The Stanley Brothers hold their final recording session as a duo in Cincinnati in 1965. Their last song: “Soldier’s Grave”

In 1968, Johnny Cash’s band was late due to airline transportation problems. They had a show that night in Fayetteville, Arkansas and Johnny was left with only his drummer, W.S. Holland. That’s when Johnny Cash met guitarist Bob Wootton who was sitting in the crowd. Wootton told Johnny he could play all his songs – and stunned the crowd. A few days later Johnny called him and invited him to become his full-time lead guitarist.

A day after Gram Parsons died in 1973, his body is stolen during transfer at the Los Angeles International Airport, then taken to Joshua Tree, where it is burned, in accordance with his request. Road manager Phil Kaufman is among two charged with the crime.

Reba McEntire made her acting debut in 1983. She landed a job in the TNN series “I-40 Paradise”

We lost singer/songwriter Steve Goodman in 1984 from complications from leukemia. Some of his biggest successes include, “You Never Even Called Me By My Name,” by David Allan Coe; and “City Of New Orleans,” by Willie Nelson.

Sisters, Crystal Gayle and Loretta Lynn play a concert together for the first time on September 20, 1988.

During an appearance on the Grand Ole Opry in 1997, Johnny Paycheck receives an invitation from Opry general manager Bob Whittaker to join the cast

Charlie Daniels and Johnson City’s own 16-year-old Trey Hensley perform for Vice President Dick Cheney and 50 wounded soldiers at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. in 2007.


Songwriter Roy Turk is born in New York, NY in 1982. He writes Elvis Presley’s “Are You Lonesome To-night?” and Marty Robbins’ “I Don’t Know Why (I Just Do)”

Songwriter Bob Miller is born in Memphis in 1895. An associate of Elton Britt, he pens the Ernest Tubb hit “Driftwood On The River” and is among the inaugural 20 inductees in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970

Record producer Garth Fundis is born in Lawrence, KS in 1949. His credits include: Don Williams’ “I Believe In You,” Collin Raye’s “In This Life,” Keith Whitley’s “I’m No Stranger To The Rain” and Trisha Yearwood’s “She’s In Love With The Boy”