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Today In Country History- Minnie Pearl Gone, Jones Gets Another Chance

The Music and Memories of March 4

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1996- Minnie Pearl Dies.  With a $1.98 price tag on her hat, she becomes a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1940 serving up down-home country comedy.  In addition to performing regularlywith Roy Acuff, Minne becomes a beloved character in Country Music.  The Queen of Country Comedy becomes part of the cast of TV’s Hee Haw and Ralph Emery’s “Nashville Now.”  Miss Minnie dies of a stroke at the age of 83.

1983- George Jones marries Nancy Sepulveda in Texas.  Nancy is known for saving George’s life and helping him recover from a bad addiction to drugs and alcohol.

1980- The Loretta Lynn movie “Coal Miner’s Daughter“ premieres in Nashville with Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones in the lead roles. Roy Acuff, Ernest Tubb, and Minnie Pearl are also featured in the film.

The #1 Billboard Hits

1989- I Still Believe In You- Desert Rose Band

1978- Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys- Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson

1967- The Fugitive- Merle Haggard

Birthdays

Betty Jack Davis, 1932.  Betty joins Skeeter Davis as The Davis Sisters to record the hit “I Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know” in 1953.  Betty is killed in a car accident 13 days before the song hits Number One.  Skeeter continues to record as a solo act.

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