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  • Jan 26, 1977
    Elvis Presley proposes to girlfriend Ginger Alden in the bathroom at Graceland Mansion in Memphis
    Jan 26, 1977
    Johnny Paycheck announces he's been paid $250,000 for a three-year agreement to use his name on a venue, the Johnny Paycheck Club, on Nashville's Printers Alley
    Jan 26, 1976
    Dave & Sugar record "I'm Gonna Love You" in a late-night Nashville session
    Jan 26, 1974
    Tommy Overstreet performs "I'll Never Break These Chains" on "Hee Haw." Tennessee Ernie Ford and Jody Miller also guest on the show, hosted by Buck Owens and Roy Clark
    Jan 26, 1974

    Rock drummer Chris Hesse is born in California. He founds Hoobastank, namechecked in Luke Bryan's 2008 hit "Country Man"

    Jan 26, 1972
    Hank Williams Jr. records "Pride's Not Hard To Swallow" in Nashville
    Jan 26, 1971
    Elvis Presley begins a 57-day concert run at Las Vegas' International Hotel, performing in spite of a death threat
    Jan 26, 1971
    George Jones & Tammy Wynette sing "Rollin' In My Sweet Baby's Arms" on the CBS telecast of "Hee Haw." Billie Jo Spears also guests alongside regular cast members Roy Clark, Buck Owens, Junior Samples and Stringbean, who plays "Sugarfoot Rag"
    Jan 26, 1970
    Columbia releases Simon & Garfunkel's album "Bridge Over Troubled Water." Two songs from the project are remade as country hits: the title track, by Buck Owens; and "The Boxer," by Emmylou Harris
    Jan 26, 1970
    Chet Atkins holds the final session for his album "Yestergroovin'," a future Grammy nominee, at Nashville's RCA Studio B

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