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  • Jul 12, 1970
    The New York Times runs a story about retired Tennessee judge Sue Hicks, who believes he was the inspiration for "A Boy Named Sue" and has received two gold records from Johnny Cash. Songwriter Shel Silverstein denies the judge had anything to do with the song
    Nov 27, 1977
    Country comes to prestigious Carnegie Hall with a concert featuring Mel Tillis, Donna Fargo and The Oak Ridge Boys, who a New York Times reviewer praises for their "casual, unpretentious charm." After taking in the performance, The Osmonds offer Fargo a chance to do her own TV variety show
    Mar 18, 1981
    The New York Times profiles record executive Irving Azoff, who developed the movie "Urban Cowboy." He says of the film: "To me, its success has something to do with nostalgia, and so does Reagan's election"
    May 13, 1981
    In The New York Times, Merle Haggard says the Urban Cowboy era is tied to a wave of American pride: "Every time patriotism comes to the surface, you'll find country music, cowboys and so on becoming popular"
    Apr 23, 1983
    Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers Band are featured in a Members Only ad in The New York Times as the fashion company launches the print portion of a $5 million campaign featuring the trio as ambassadors
    Jul 1, 1983
    "Stroker Ace," starring Burt Reynolds, debuts in theaters. A critic with The New York Times calls it the "must-miss" movie of the year. The film's music includes tracks by The Charlie Daniels Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, Larry Gatlin and Terri Gibbs
    Sep 17, 1985
    A front page story in The New York Times proclaims that country music is "dead." The piece writes off Alabama and Hank Williams Jr. as "not really country"
    Dec 4, 1985
    Willie Nelson and Bruce Springsteen lend their names to an ad in The New York Times, asking the 3M Company not to close its plant in Freehold, New Jersey. The corporation shuts down the operation anyway
    Apr 21, 1987
    A front-page story in The New York Times pays homage to MCA Records and the growing "New Traditionalism" movement
    Sep 12, 1994
    The Dixie Chicks make the front page of The New York Times. They appear next to Ross Perot in a photo, though the band is not identified in the caption

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