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  • Jul 31, 1923
    Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun is born in Istanbul, Turkey. After succeeding in other genres, the label opens a country wing in 1989, launching Tracy Lawrence, Neal McCoy and John Michael Montgomery. Ertegun also writes "Chains Of Love"
    Mar 27, 1927
    Record executive Mo Ostin is born in New York. He establishes Atlantic Records and eventually becomes the head of Warner Bros. Records. Atlantic's country legacy includes Tracy Lawrence, John Michael Montgomery and Confederate Railroad
    Feb 17, 1949
    Atlantic releases Stick McGhee's "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee." Jerry Lee Lewis sings the song nine months later in his first public performance
    Apr 19, 1951
    Big Joe Turner records the rhythm & blues hit "Chains Of Love" in New York City. More than 25 years later, it's re-recorded as a country hit by Mickey Gilley
    Sep 11, 1952
    Ray Charles signs a recording contract with Atlantic Records, where he becomes a major star. Charles goes on to bridge the gap between pop and country with "Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music"
    Nov 30, 1955
    Ray Charles records "Hallelujah, I Love Her So" at the Capitol Studios in New York. Years later, the song becomes a country hit for George Jones & Brenda Lee
    Jun 26, 1959
    Ray Charles records Hank Snow's "I'm Movin' On" at the Atlantic Recording Studios in New York, and gains an R&B hit
    May 19, 1960
    The Drifters record the original version of "Save The Last Dance For Me." It subsequently becomes a country hit three times: for Buck Owens in 1962, for Emmylou Harris in 1979, and for Dolly Parton in 1984
    Oct 27, 1960
    Ben E. King records the pop hit "Stand By Me" at the Atlantic Records studio in New York. The song is destined for country success two decades later when it's covered by Mickey Gilley for the movie "Urban Cowboy"
    Dec 13, 1960
    Solomon Burke records "Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms)" at the Atlantic Studios in New York. The performance will be recognized among country's 500 greatest singles in the Country Music Foundation's 2003 book "Heartaches By The Number"

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