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  • Jul 26, 1931
    Monument Records founder Fred Foster is born in Rutherford County, North Carolina. Credited as a co-writer on "Me And Bobby McGee," Foster's label is key in the careers of Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison and Larry Gatlin. In 2016, he's voted into the Country Music Hall of Fame
    Mar 11, 1958
    Fred Foster founds Monument Records in Baltimore, Maryland. Later relocating in Nashville, the label goes on to represent such acts as Roy Orbison, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Billy Swan and, in the 1990s, The Dixie Chicks. Monument is reactivated in 2017, launching Walker Hayes
    Mar 25, 1960
    Roy Orbison records "Only The Lonely" in Nashville at RCA Studio B
    Jun 6, 1960
    Monument releases Roy Orbison's "Only The Lonely"
    Sep 14, 1962
    Grandpa Jones records "T For Texas" with two members of The Carter Family in the supporting band during the evening at RCA Studio B in Nashville
    Aug 1, 1964
    Roy Orbison records "Oh, Pretty Woman" in Fred Foster's Nashville recording studio
    Oct 30, 1964
    The Roy Orbison single "Oh, Pretty Woman" is certified gold by the RIAA
    Jun 30, 1965
    Roy Orbison's contract with Monument Records expires. He signs a new deal with MGM for $1 million
    Mar 12, 1966
    Jeannie Seely records "Don't Touch Me"
    Mar 24, 1966
    "Roy Orbison's Greatest Hits" becomes the singer's first RIAA-certified gold album

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