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  • Jul 19, 1962
    Mel Tillis has a son, Mel Tillis Jr. The senior Tillis begins thinking seriously about his future and gives up cigarettes. The boy, nicknamed Sonny, becomes a songwriter as an adult, co-writing Jamie O'Neal's "When I Think About Angels"
    Jul 19, 1962
    Ray Charles receives gold records from the RIAA for the single "I Can't Stop Loving You" and the album "Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music"
    Jul 19, 1961
    Faron Young records "Backtrack" at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio in Nashville
    Jul 19, 1961
    Johnny Cash records "Tennessee Flat-Top Box" in Hollywood at the Columbia Studios
    Jul 19, 1960
    A Pony Express centennial ride begins in Sacramento and St. Joseph, Missouri. The event's theme song is penned by future country songwriter Liz Anderson
    Jul 19, 1958
    Bobby Darin performs "Splish Splash" on ABC's "The Dick Clark Show." Other musical guests include Duane Eddy, Jack Scott and George Hamilton IV
    Jul 19, 1958
    Jimmie Rodgers joins Georgia Gibbs as guests on NBC's "The Bob Crosby Show"
    Jul 19, 1954
    Sun Records releases Elvis Presley's first single, "That's All Right" backed with "Blue Moon Of Kentucky"
    Jul 19, 1952
    Guitarist Allen Collins is born in Jacksonville, Florida. During junior high school, he helps form Lynyrd Skynyrd, whose "Sweet Home Alabama" ranks among country's 500 greatest singles in the Country Music Foundation's "Heartaches By The Number"
    Jul 19, 1951
    Mary Carlson is born. She is destined to marry Merrill Osmond, of The Osmonds

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