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  • Nov 12, 1974
    The Association of Country Entertainers, ACE, is created when a group of country artists complains that some of the Country Music Association awards winners shouldn't be considered "country." Most often cited: Olivia Newton-John
    Nov 12, 1974
    Minnie Pearl defends the artists who created ACE during a lecture at a Nashville university: "This year's female vocalist winner, Olivia Newton-John, said she was coming to Nashville to meet Hank Williams. She didn't even know that he was dead"
    Mar 28, 1977
    Barbara Mandrell resigns as vice president of the Association of Country Entertainers
    Sep 25, 1981
    The Association of Country Entertainers closes its offices due to lack of funding. ACE had been established in 1974 when numerous Nashville performers were unhappy over the infiltration of pop stars into country music

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