1977: The Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame inducts Kris Kristofferson, Woody Guthrie, Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash.
1977: Singer/songwriter Brandy Clark is born in Chehalis, Washington. Nominated for Best New Artist in the 57th Grammy Awards, she earns a Top 10 country album in 2016 with “Big Day In A Small Town.” She pens The Band Perry’s “Better Dig Two,” Kacey Musgraves’ “Follow Your Arrow” and Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart.”
1978: Dolly Parton’s dress splits as she walks off with the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year award during the 12th annual ceremony at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House.
1982: Merle Haggard & George Jones take a Willie Nelson song, “Yesterday’s Wine,” to #1 on the Billboard country chart.
1989: Hank Williams Jr.‘s duet with Hank Sr. on “There’s A Tear In My Beer” wins two honors during the 23rd annual Country Music Association awards at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House: Vocal Event and Music Video of the Year, directed by Ethan Russell.