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  • Apr 30, 1984
    As Willie Nelson turns 51, 17,500 fans sing "Happy Birthday" at a concert in Phoenix. Radio station KNIX provides five 200-pound birthday cakes, shaped like the state of Arizona, at a cost of $2,500
    Jan 31, 1985
    Pop singer Barbara Cowsill dies from emphysema in Arizona. Along with her six kids, she formed The Cowsills, whose 1968 hit "Indian Lake" was successfully remade for country consumption by Freddy Weller
    May 18, 1985
    Douglas, Arizona, proclaims Marty Robbins Day
    Jul 16, 1985
    Dance band leader Wayne King dies in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Nicknamed "The Waltz King," he had the biggest version of the 1931 pop hit "I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)." The song was covered for country fans in 1977 by Marty Robbins
    Dec 8, 1986
    Glen and Kimberly Campbell have a daughter, Ashley Noel Campbell, at Scottsdale Memorial Hospital in Phoenix
    Dec 17, 1986
    Songwriter Oakley Haldeman dies in Mesa, Arizona. He co-wrote the Gene Autry hits "Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane)" and "I Wish I Had Never Met Sunshine." As a music publisher, he represented "Deep In The Heart Of Texas"
    Sep 12, 1988
    The NFL's Cardinals lose their first home game since relocating in Phoenix, as the Dallas Cowboys claim a 17-14 Monday night victory at Sun Devil Stadium. In attendance is future country star Dierks Bentley
    Oct 11, 1988
    Ringo Starr and his wife, Barbara Bach, begin treatment for alcoholism in Tucson, Arizona. One year later, the ex-Beatle picks up a Grammy nomination in the country field for his work with Buck Owens on "Act Naturally"
    Nov 25, 1988
    Ringo Starr and his wife, Barbara Bach, conclude their treatment for alcoholism at a facility in Tucson, Arizona. Within two years, Starr will be nominated for a Grammy in the country field after working with Buck Owens on a remake of "Act Naturally"
    Feb 11, 1989
    Singer/guitarist Jack Rivers dies in Apache Junction, Arizona. Noted for his work on hits by Hank Thompson and Johnny Bond, he also appeared in a number of western movies and picked up a hit of his own with the 1948 single "Dear Okie"

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