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Respected songwriter Harlan Howard is born in Detroit, Michigan. As composer of such country hits as I Fall To Pieces, Busted and Heartaches By The Number, he will earn the title of The Dean Of Nashville Songwriters.
Country music star Merle Haggard is born in Oildale, California, USA.
Robert Glynn Luman is born in Nacogdoches, Texas, USA. He will find success as country and rockabilly singer-songwriter Bob Luman.
The Sunshine Boys Quartet record My Home, God Please Protect America, Go Down To Jordan and Everyone Is Welcome, for Decca Records at Castle Studio, The Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Chet Atkins and The Beasley Singers record Midnight, Good-bye Blues, Your Mean Little Heart and Sweet Bunch Of Daisies, at Brown Radio Productions, 240 1/2 4th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Red Foley records Milk Bucket Boogie and Deep Blues in Castle Studio At The Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Hank Williams, Little Jimmy Dickens and Minnie Pearl appear on The Grand Ole Opry radio show live from Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Skeets McDonald records Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes at Capitol Studios, Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Jim Reeves plays a live show in Fresno, California, USA.
The Everly Brothers release a new single, Temptation, on Warners in the UK.
George Morgan and Stringbean play a live show in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Carter Stanley (of The Stanley Brothers) tells a crowd in Luray, Virginia, USA, that Flatt and Scruggs refused to play at the All Day Bluegrass Festival because The Stanley Brothers and Bill Monroe were there.
Jim Reeves And The Blue Boys play the first of two shows at Oteego County Fair, Oneonta, New York State, USA.
Brenda Lee plays the sixth of eight nights at The Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
The Andy Doll Band begins a tour with a show in Janesville, Iowa, USA.
Willie Nelson And Shirley Collie record Willingly, Our Chain Of Love, Is This My Destiny and You Dream About Me for Liberty Records at Bradley's Barn, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Robert Reynolds is born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. He will become a founding member and bass player of internationally successful country band The Mavericks.
Willie Nelson releases a new album, And Then I Wrote, on Liberty Records in the USA.
Roger Miller records Dang Me and Chug-a-lug for Smash Records, in their Quonset Hut studio in Music Row, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Hank Snow, with producer Chet Atkins, records In The Misty Moonlight, I Saw A Man and other tracks, in RCA Victor Studio, 1611 Hawkins Street, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The band on the session includes guitarists Harold Bradley and Jerry Shook, steel guitarist Joseph Tanner, bassist Junior Huskey, drummer Buddy Harman, pianist Hargus Robbins, vibraphonist Joe Layne plus The Anita Kerr Singers.
Jimmy Martin And The Sunny Mountain Boys record Sunny Side Of The Mountain, for Decca Records in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Singer and songwriter Charlie Walker records Truck Drivin' Man, Close All The Honky Tonks, The Bad Things I Do and I Am Nothing, in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Ave. South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Ian And Sylvia pre-record a performance of Four Strong Wings to be broadcast later in the month on The Steve Allen Playhouse on tv in the USA. Also on the show is saxophonist Boots Randolph.
Virtuoso organist Lenny Dee records The Poor People Of Paris, Calcutta, I Left My Heart In San Francisco, Arrivederci Roma and other tracks in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Roy Orbison records This Is Your Song, Afraid To Sleep and You Fool You, in RCA Victor Studio, 800 17th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
During a month-long tour, Johnny Cash plays in Columbus, Georgia, USA.
The morning after a disastrous performance at The O'Keefe Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Johnny Cash's manager Saul Holiff finds the singer overdosed and close to death in his Winnebago.
Ronnie Milsap earns his first No1 single on the Billboard Country Singles Chart in the USA with Pure Love, written by Eddie Rabbit.
Ashley Gorley is born in Danville, Kentucky, USA. He will find success as a songwriter, composing hits including Jason Aldean's Just Gettin' Started, Carrie Underwood's Good Girl, Luke Bryan's That's My Kind Of Night and Thomas Rhett's T-Shirt.
Country-rock couple Roseanne Cash and Rodney Crowell have a daughter, Chelsea Jane.
Record producer and session guitarist Pete D rake who played with Bob Dylan, Don Gibson, Marty Robbins and many others, dies of emphysema at age 55, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. He is best-remembered for his 1964 hit Forever which made groundbreaking use of a talk box connected to his pedal steel guitar.
Johnny Cash plays at Nevada County Fair, Grass Valley, California, USA.
The tribute album Common Thread: Songs Of The Eagles is awarded triple-platinum status by the R.I.A.A. in the USA. The album features covers of The Eagles' songs by Clint Black, Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt, Little Texas, John Anderson, Tanya Tucker, Suzy Bogguss, Vince Gill, Billy Dean, Diamond Rio, Trisha Yearwood, Brooks And Dunn and Lorrie Morgan.
Kenny Chesney plays at Starr Hill Music Hall, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA.
Kris Kristofferson plays at The Great Western Hotel, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, Oceania.
Dolly Parton is awarded an honorary Doctorate of Music from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Tennessee, USA.
Need You Now, the second studio album by country-rock trio Lady Antebellum reaches No1 in the Canadian Albums Chart.
While in Derby, England, UK, Europe, to launch her Miley And Max clothing collection for George at Asda, Miley Cyrus pays an unannounced vsit to Silverhill Primary School, making a surprise appearance at the school assembly.
Sheryl Crow's Tennessee mansion fails to sell at auction. it had originally failed to attract any buyers on the open market at an asking price of $7.5m
Need You Now by Lady Antebellum wins five trophies at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards in The Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA. It wins in the categories for Record and Song of the Year, Best Country Duo or Group, Best Country Song and Best Country Album.
Keith Urban records Little Bit Of Everything at Blackbird Studio, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, with producer Nathan Chapman
Laura Cantrell plays at The Glee Club, Nottingham, UK.
Johnnyswim play at The Bowery Ballroom, New York City, USA.
Ry Cooder performs with The Haden Triplets at Third Man Records in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, on the third day of the 15th Annual Americana Music Festival And Conference.
100 Taylor Swift fans attend a 'secret listening party' in London, England, UK, Europe, to hear Swift's upcoming album Reputation in advance of its release.
On her Reputation tour, Taylor Swift plays the second of two nights at The AT+T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, USA, supported by Camila Cabello and Charli XCX.
On her Reputation tour, Taylor Swift plays at Optus Stadium, Perth, Australia, Oceania, supported by Camila Cabello and Charli XCX.