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January 17

Louise Mandrell held her first recording session as an artist in 1978, cutting three songs for Epic Records at Nashville's Soundshop Studio.

December 17

Tennessee Ernie Ford's Sixteen Tons worked its way up to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart on this date in 1955.

November 17

Guitarist Henry Whitter died in Morganton, NC in 1941. One of country music's recording pioneers, his version of The Wreck On The... Read More.

October 17

The Radio Corporation of America was formed in 1919. RCA becomes one of the most-storied labels in country music's history, representing such... Read More.

September 17

RCA Records introduces the 33-1/3 rpm long-playing record in 1931.In 1972, Faron Young spanks... Read More.

August 17

Aug 17, 1896 Gold is discovered in Alaska, setting off the Klondike gold rush. It provides a backdrop for Lefty Frizzell's deceitful 1964 hit "Saginaw,... Read More.

July 17

Jul 17, 1918 Red Sovine is born in Charleston, West Virginia. A Grand Ole Opry member beginning in 1954, he specializes in recitations, hitting paydirt... Read More.

June 17

Jun 17, 1910 Red Foley is born in Blue Lick, Kentucky. Following his sentimental hit about his dog, "Old Shep," he becomes a major figure... Read More.

May 17

May 17, 1975 Pop singer B.J. Thomas finds his way to the top of the Billboard country chart with one of country music's longest song... Read More.

April 17

Apr 17, 1960: A car taking Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent to the London Airport crashes, killing Cochran, breaking Vincent's collarbone and breaking "Poor... Read More.