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A Batch of Birthdays – Today In Country History

The Music and Memories of Aug. 8

1987- Reba McEntire is at No. 1 on the Billboard country chart with ‘One Promise Too Late.’

1975- Hank Williams Jr. has a near-fatal fall while mountain climbing in Montana.

Birthdays 

Mark Wills, 1973. ‘Nineteen Something’ ‘Don’t Laugh At Me’ ‘Back At One.’

Jamie O’Hara, 1950. Writer of ‘Grandpa’ for the Judds and ‘Older Women’ for Ronnie McDowell.  Jamie later becomes half of the duo, The O’Kanes, and score a No. 1 hit with ‘Can’t Stop My Heart From Loving You.’

Phil Balsley, 1939. A member of the Statler Brothers.

Mel Tillis, 1932. Writer of ‘Detroit City’ for Bobby Bare and ‘Ruby’ for Kenny Rogers.  The Country Music Hall of Famer becomes the CMA’s 1976 Entertainer of the Year with hits like ‘Coca Cola Cowboy’ and ‘I Got The Hoss.’

Webb Pierce, 1921.  Honky Tonk legend from the 50′s whose hits include ‘There Stands The Glass’ ‘I Ain’t Never’ and ‘Wondering.’  Webb dies in 1991 at age 69 and is elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.

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