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  • Dec 22, 1961
    Warner Bros. releases The Everly Brothers' pop hit "Crying In The Rain." Tammy Wynette gains a minor country hit with the song in 1981
    Jan 29, 1962
    Peter, Paul & Mary sign to Warner Bros. It marks the first recording contract for Peter Yarrow, who will write and produce Mary MacGregor's "Torn Between Two Lovers"
    Jun 20, 1963
    The Everly Brothers record "Silver Threads And Golden Needles." The song is destined to become a country hit when remade by Linda Ronstadt
    Sep 3, 1963
    Warner Bros. Records and the Frank Sinatra-owned Reprise merge. The combined firms eventually open a country division, working with Donna Fargo, Faith Hill, Dwight Yoakam, Blake Shelton, Randy Travis and Emmylou Harris, among others
    Aug 1, 1964
    Warner Bros. releases "The Very Best Of The Everly Brothers"
    Sep 8, 1964
    The Everly Brothers record "Gone Gone Gone" in Nashville. The song will be revived as a Grammy-winning single by Alison Krauss & Robert Plant in 2007
    May 13, 1966
    Warner Bros. releases Johnny Sea's "Day For Decision," a conservative recitation in answer to Barry McGuire's pop protest song "Eve Of Destruction." Tracking at more than five minutes, it closes with a chorus of "America, The Beautiful"
    Jul 22, 1967
    The Kinney Corporation buys Elektra Records for $7 million, making it a sister to Kinney's Warner Bros. subsidiary. The Elektra roster eventually includes Hank Williams Jr., Eddie Rabbitt, Conway Twitty and Crystal Gayle
    Oct 1, 1967
    Warner-7 Arts buys Atlantic Records for $17.5 million from Mo Ostin, Nesuhi Ertegun and Jerry Wexler. The new Warner-Elektra-Atlantic entity eventually yields such country acts as Tracy Lawrence, Faith Hill, Emmylou Harris and Hank Williams Jr.
    Nov 27, 1967
    The pop group The Association earns a gold single from the RIAA for "Never My Love." The song is eventually reprised by Vern Gosdin as a country hit

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