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  • Jun 3, 1981
    Johnny Paycheck shoots a K-tel TV commercial for the compilation album "Kickin' Country" in Deadwood, South Dakota. When the work is done, he shows off his skills with a gun, firing a bullet through the middle of a train picture on the wall
    Feb 1, 1995
    K-Tel releases the Academy Of Country Music's 10-CD box set "The 101 Greatest Country Hits," with Marty Robbins' "El Paso" launching the set. Forty-eight of the tracks in the collection, which highlights 87 hitmakers from the 1950s through the '80s, are not the originals
    May 16, 1996
    The Academy of Country Music's K-Tel album "The 101 Greatest Country Hits" is certified gold by the RIAA. The 10-CD set features 87 hitmakers from the 1940s through the '80s, though many of the cuts are not the original versions
    May 9, 1997
    The Academy of Country Music's 10-disc K-Tel album "The 101 Greatest Country Hits" is certified platinum by the RIAA. It opens with Marty Robbin's "El Paso" and closes with a re-recorded version of Del Reeves' "Girl On The Billboard"
    May 20, 1999
    More than 20 acts sue K-tel Records for non-payment of royalties. The plaintiffs include Freddy Fender, Pat Boone, The Grass Roots and Jan & Dean
    Mar 26, 2001
    Compilation king K-Tel Records shuts down operations at its headquarters in Maple Plains, Minnesota, and files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy

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