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  • Dec 30, 1969
    Peter, Paul & Mary earn a gold single from the RIAA with a song written by John Denver, "Leaving On A Jet Plane"
    Oct 16, 1970
    The RIAA awards a gold album to "10 Years Together/The Best Of Peter, Paul & Mary." Its contents include the John Denver-penned pop hit "Leaving On A Jet Plane"
    May 16, 1971
    Eric Weissberg & Steve Mandell record "Dueling Banjos" in Clayton, Georgia. The performance appears in the movie "Deliverance"
    Mar 7, 1973
    Eric Weissberg & Steve Mandell receive gold awards from the RIAA, for both the "Dueling Banjos" album and its title track
    Mar 17, 1973
    Eric Weissberg's "Dueling Banjos" rises to #1 on the Billboard country albums chart
    Aug 28, 1973
    Deep Purple earns a gold single from the RIAA for "Smoke On The Water." The signature guitar riff, created by Ritchie Blackmore, will be used in passing in Wynonna's 1994 country single "Girls With Guitars"
    Feb 8, 1974
    Warner Bros. releases The Doobie Brothers' "What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits." It's the first Doobie album to feature drummer Keith Knudsen, a future member of country's Southern Pacific
    Mar 13, 1974
    Warner Bros. releases The Doobie Brothers' pop hit "Black Water," the band's first single to feature new band member Keith Knudsen, destined to play drums for country's Southern Pacific
    Apr 2, 1974
    The Doobie Brothers earn an RIAA-certified gold album for "What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits." The band includes drummer Keith Knudsen, who helps found the country band Southern Pacific the next decade
    Apr 14, 1975
    The Doobie Brothers' pop hit "Black Water" is awarded a gold single by the RIAA. One decade later, drummer Keith Knudsen ends up on the country charts as a founding member of Southern Pacific

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