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  • Apr 27, 1976
    George Jones claims in a story in The Nashville Banner he's quit drinking
    Jul 1, 1976
    The Nashville Banner reports that Dolly Parton has signed with a Beverly Hills management firm, Katz-Gallin-Cleary, that also represents Mac Davis and Olivia Newton-John. The move touches off a firestorm of protest in Nashville
    Dec 7, 1976
    Roy Acuff tells The Nashville Banner the Ryman Auditorium--the former home of the Grand Ole Opry--should be torn down to keep tourists away from the massage parlors and porn shops that have appeared around the corner on lower Broadway
    Oct 14, 1978
    At odds with ex-business partner Webb Pierce over a guitar-shaped swimming pool on Music Row, Jim Donoho tells The Nashville Banner he plans to turn the pool into a pond: "The catfish will draw more people in here than Webb Pierce ever did"
    Dec 15, 1978
    The Nashville Banner quotes George Jones as feeling like he's "been rescued from death" after filing for bankruptcy. Jones had missed 54 performances during the year
    Jan 23, 1979
    The Nashville Banner declares Dolly Parton the highest-paid country concert performer, valued at a reported $60,000 per show. Willie Nelson is next at $50,000. A South Dakota promoter says he's more interested in The Oak Ridge Boys, at $15,000
    Jan 29, 1980
    Loretta Lynn tells The Nashville Banner she believes in reincarnation and that she's had at least six different lives, including one as an Indian princess and one in which she was a servant and mistress for the king of England
    Feb 23, 1988
    Two days after his cousin, the reverend Jimmy Swaggart, confessed to committing an unspecified sin, Mickey Gilley tells The Nashville Banner he's shocked but still stands behind Swaggart. The offense, it will later be revealed, was seeing a prostitute
    Mar 22, 1990
    "Hee Haw" producer Sam Lovullo disputes claims on the resume of Donald Trump's ex-wife, Marla Maples, that she was formerly in the cast of the show. But, Lovullo tells The Nashville Banner, "I'd book her"

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