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  • Sep 20, 1978
    Rick Nelson sings "Mystery Train" on the inaugural episode of "Dick Clark's Live Wednesday" on NBC-TV. Also appearing: Charlie Daniels, Charlie Rich, Chuck Berry, Doug Kershaw and Doc Severinsen
    Sep 20, 1977
    The self-titled album by Southern rock band The Outlaws is certified gold by the RIAA. The group includes future BlackHawk lead vocalist Henry Paul
    Sep 20, 1976
    MCA releases "Johnny Cougar," the debut album by John Mellencamp, a future nominee in the Country Music Association awards
    Sep 20, 1975
    Ronnie Milsap rises to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "Daydreams About Night Things"
    Sep 20, 1975
    Loretta Lynn sings "The Pill" and "Trouble In Paradise" on "Hee Haw." The episode also features music by Kenny Starr and Kenny Price, plus fiddler Jana Jae's version of "Orange Blossom Special" and Buck Owens' take on "Diggy Diggy Lo"
    Sep 20, 1974
    Donny & Marie Osmond rate a gold single from the RIAA for "I'm Leaving It (All) Up To You," produced by Mike Curb, a future country label executive
    Sep 20, 1974
    Lynyrd Skynyrd earns a gold album from the RIAA for "Second Helping." It includes "Sweet Home Alabama," tabbed by the Country Music Foundation among country music's 500 greatest singles in the 2003 book "Heartaches By The Number"
    Sep 20, 1974
    David Wills records "There's A Song On The Jukebox"
    Sep 20, 1973
    Glen Campbell joins boxer George Foreman, football player Jim Brown and painter Salvador Dali in the audience for the Battle of the Sexes at the Astrodome in Houston. Billie Jean King defeats Bobby Riggs in a tennis match that's considered a major win for the women's movement
    Sep 20, 1973
    "Are You Ready For The Country" songwriter Neil Young delivers the first show at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles. In the audience: Carole King, Dickey Betts, Elton John and producer Richard Perry 

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