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5/19/2007 The Grand Ole Opry celebrates Porter Wagoner’s 50th anniversary. The tribute is led by Marty Stuart, with appearances by Patty Loveless, Buck Trent and Dolly Parton, who joins Wagoner on “Just Someone I Used To Know”
5/19/2006 The Legend Of Johnny Cash is certified double-platinum
5/19/2004 Willie Nelson undergoes surgery in Los Angeles to eliminate pain in his left hand caused by carpal tunnel syndrome
5/19/2004 Ring Of Fire songwriter Merle Kilgore has heart surgery at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville. Originally intended as quadruple bypass surgery, it becomes a quintuple bypass operation when doctors discover more blockage
5/19/2000 John Schneider and Tom Wopat return to prime time on the CBS-TV special “The Dukes Of Hazzard: Hazzard In Hollywood,” with Mac Davis and Anita Cochran. Toby Keith performs four songs during the show, including “How Do You Like Me Now?!”
5/19/1997 MCA releases Trisha Yearwood’s version of “How Do I Live”
5/19/1997 Curb releases LeAnn Rimes’ rendition of “How Do I Live”
5/19/1990 Ronnie and Janine Dunn are married
5/19/1989 T.G. Sheppard opens a restaurant, the North of the Border Cafe and Cantina, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee
5/19/1979 It’s quite the pick-up line: The Bellamy Brothers pick up their first #1 country single in Billboard with “If I Said You Have A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me”
5/19/1979 Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter have a son, Waylon Albright “Shooter” Jennings. He grows up to become an artist in his own right, earning a Top 10 country album with 2012’s “Family Man” and playing his father in the 2005 movie “Walk The Line”
5/19/1977 Smokey & The Bandit has its premiere at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The movie stars Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason and Jerry Reed, who sings “East Bound And Down.” John Schneider also appears in a teeny walk-on role
5/19/1973 Fourteen-year-old Tanya Tucker collects her first #1 single, hitting the top of the Billboard list with “What’s Your Mama’s Name”
5/19/1967 Johnny Cash and his brother, Tommy Cash, get into a fistfight in front of their parents in the Nashville airport over Johnny’s use of pills. Johnny draws blood when he lands a punch on Tommy’s cheek
5/19/1965 Roger Miller receives a gold single for “King Of The Road”
5/19/1962 George Jones hits #1 on the Billboard country chart with “She Thinks I Still Care”
5/19/1947 Singer/songwriter Paul Brady is born in Strabane County, Ireland. Fashioning a career as an adult alternative performer, he writes Brooks & Dunn’s 2001 country hit “The Long Goodbye”
5/19/1940 Songwriter Mickey Newbury is born in Houston. He writes “I Wonder If I Ever Said Goodbye,” by Johnny Rodriguez; “I Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In),” by Kenny Rogers; and “An American Trilogy,” by Elvis Presley
5/19/1925 Songwriter Hoagy Carmichael plays piano on his first recording session, joining The Happy Harmonists in Richmond, Indiana. He’s destined to write the Willie Nelson country hit “Georgia On My Mind”

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