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Carters, Haggard, Ducas and More!

1927- The Carter Family records for the first time in Bristol, Tennessee, with producer Ralph Peer. Peer was seeking new talents for the relatively new recording industry. Among the trio’s four songs are “Bury Me Under The Weeping Willow” and “The Storms Are On The Ocean.” They received $50 for each song recorded, plus half a cent royalty on every copy sold of each song. They were the first vocal group to become country music stars.

1955- Johnny Cash was part of a 5-date Webb Pierce package tour with Elvis Presley and Wanda Jackson, which played the opening night at the Mississippi- Alabama Fairgrounds in Tupelo, Mississippi.

1966- During recording sessions, Merle Haggard recorded “The Fugitive,” later titled “I’m a Lonesome Fugitive,” at the Capitol Recording Studio in Hollywood, California. The song, which was written by Liz Anderson and Casey Anderson, (parents of country star Lynn Anderson), became one of the most closely associated with the early part of his career.

1966- George Ducas is born in Texas City, Texas. His edgy, guitar-driven music finds the Top 10 in 1994 via “Lipstick Promises.” He also wrote Radney Foster’s “Just Call Me Lonesome,” and Eli Young Band’s “Always The Love Songs,” and “Kiss Me In The Dark” by Randy Rogers Band.

1984- Hank Williams Jr. shot the video to “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight.” The video features artists such as Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and many other celebrities at a party thrown by Hank. At the end of the video, a ghost Cadillac flies into the night sky. The video was the first ever win the CMA Music Video of the Year Award.

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