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  • Aug 15, 1963
    Billy Edd Wheeler records his original version of "Blistered," destined to become a 1969 hit for Johnny Cash
    Oct 8, 1963
    Billy Edd Wheeler records his original version of "Jackson," three years before Johnny Cash & June Carter record their award-winning performance
    Aug 31, 1964
    Billy Edd Wheeler records "Ode To The Little Brown Shack Out Back," a novelty that pays homage to an outhouse
    May 6, 1966
    Mel Tillis records "Stateside" during his first session after signing a new contract with Kapp Records. The song provides his touring band with its name: The Statesiders
    May 10, 1966
    Mel Tillis records "Mental Revenge." The song becomes a hit for Waylon Jennings the following year, and Tillis has his own hit with it in 1976
    Dec 8, 1966
    Mel Tillis records "Life Turned Her That Way"
    Dec 9, 1966
    Mel Tillis records "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town." The song will come to prominence when it gets remade by Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
    Mar 12, 1968
    Cal Smith records "Drinking Champagne" in Nashville. George Strait records the hit version in 1990
    Apr 17, 1968
    Bob Wills records "Southwestern Waltz" at the Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville. The song is eventually used in the 1983 movie "The Right Stuff"
    May 28, 1968
    Mel Tillis records "Old Faithful"

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