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2011 Show Dog-Universal releases Toby Keith’s “Red Solo Cup” to radio

2005 MCA releases Gary Allan’s “Tough All Over” album

2003 Tim McGraw’s “Real Good Man” makes a real good showing in Billboard by reaching #1

2002 The Dixie Chicks’ “Home” album goes triple-platinum

1982 Alabama wins three honors–Entertainer, Vocal Group and Instrumental Group of the Year–from the Country Music Association during its 16th annual awards at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville

1981 The Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame inducts Bobby Braddock and Ray Whitley. Braddock is noted for George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and Tammy Wynette’s “D-I-V-O-R-C-E.” Whitley wrote Gene Autry’s theme song, “Back In The Saddle Again”

1981 Willie Nelson records “Always On My Mind” and “The Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning” at his Pedernales Studio outside of Austin, Texas

1953 Paulette Carlson is born in Northfield, Minnesota. She becomes the sassy lead vocalist for Highway 101, essential on such hits as “The Bed You Made For Me,” “Somewhere Tonight” and “Cry, Cry, Cry”

1943 Gene Watson is born in Palestine, Texas. Using a relaxed vocal style, he becomes an admired traditional-country stylist, fashioning such 1970s and ’80s successes as “Love In The Hot Afternoon,” “Farewell Party” and “Fourteen Carat Mind”

    
1932 Dorothy Marsh is born in McMinnville, Tennessee. As Dottie West, she joins the Grand Ole Opry in 1964, building a lengthy around several Kenny Rogers duets and her trademarks “Country Sunshine” and “A Lesson In Leavin’”

A Young Gene Watson Performing His First Hit

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