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  • Jan 12, 1959
    Berry Gordy Jr. founds Motown Records in Detroit. The company establishes a country label, Melodyland, in the mid-1970s, launching T.G. Sheppard's first hits, "Devil In The Bottle" and "Tryin' To Beat The Morning Home"
    Oct 16, 1962
    Smokey Robinson & The Miracles record "You've Really Got A Hold On Me" in Detroit, Michigan, at Motown's Hitsville Studio. Mickey Gilley turns the song into a country hit more than 20 years later
    Nov 9, 1962
    Motown releases The Miracles' "You've Really Got A Hold On Me," later recorded as a country song by Mickey Gilley
    Jan 20, 1965
    Smokey Robinson & The Miracles record "The Tracks Of My Tears" at the Hitsville Studio in Detroit, Michigan. More than a decade later, the song is rejiggered as a country hit for Linda Ronstadt
    Jun 23, 1965
    Tamla releases Smokey Robinson & The Miracles' pop hit "The Tracks Of My Tears." The song is destined to re-emerge as a country and pop hit for Linda Ronstadt
    Jan 14, 1970
    Diana Ross & The Supremes perform their last show together at Las Vegas' Frontier Hotel, ending with "Someday We'll Be Together." In the audience is Bill Anderson, who re-recorded the song the previous day with Jan Howard
    Sep 10, 1974
    T.G. Sheppard holds his first recording session for Motown's Melodyland label at the Soundshop in Nashville
    Jul 13, 1976
    T.G. Sheppard records "Show Me A Man" at Nashville's Soundshop
    Sep 28, 1976
    Motown's Tamla label releases the Stevie Wonder album "Songs In The Key Of Life." It will be referenced in Eric Church's 2016 country hit "Record Year"
    Oct 5, 1976
    Hitsville releases T.G. Sheppard's "Show Me A Man"

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