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The Music and Memories of March 23

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2006- Country Music Hall of Fame songwriter, Cindy Walker dies.  Cindy writes the classics ‘You Don’t Know Me’ and ‘Distant Drums.”  Cindy is also known for giving one of the most memorable and emotional speaches in history at the CMA awards, during her induction.

1998- Naomi, Wynonna and Ashley Judd attend the Oscars in Los Angeles.  That night Trisha Yearwood performs her Oscar nominated song ’How Do I Live’ from the movie “Con Air.”

1985- Ray Charles and Willie Nelson are at #1 on the Billboard country chart with ‘Seven Spanish Angels.’

1922- Fiddlin’ John Carson becomes the first ‘hillbilly’ artist to play on the radio, performing on Atlanta’s WSB.  Fiddlin’ John performs ‘Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane.’  Country Music singers were originally dubbed ‘hillbilly’ singers during this time.  This pioneering musician and radio performer was born in 1868 and died in 1949.

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