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  • Feb 13, 1961
    Frank Sinatra creates Reprise Records. Purchased by Warner Bros., the label eventually develops country hits for such acts as Dwight Yoakam, Blake Shelton, Kenny Rogers, Gordon Lightfoot and Carlene Carter
    Mar 27, 1961
    Reprise Records releases its first album, Frank Sinatra's "Ring-a-Ding Ding!" The label goes on to success in country music, with such artists as Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris, Blake Shelton and Michael Peterson
    Sep 3, 1963
    Warner Bros. Records and the Frank Sinatra-owned Reprise merge. The combined firms eventually open a country division, working with Donna Fargo, Faith Hill, Dwight Yoakam, Blake Shelton, Randy Travis and Emmylou Harris, among others
    Jul 17, 1964
    Frank Sinatra records a minor pop hit, "Softly, As I Leave You," in Los Angeles. The song is revived by Elvis Presley for the country charts more than a decade later
    Aug 19, 1964
    Dean Martin's "Everybody Loves Somebody" receives a gold single from the RIAA. The title is produced by future country executive Jimmy Bowen and features Glen Campbell on guitar
    Jan 29, 1965
    Dean Martin's album "Everybody Loves Somebody," produced by future country executive Jimmy Bowen, is certified gold by the RIAA
    Apr 11, 1966
    Frank Sinatra records "Strangers In The Night" in Hollywood, with Glen Campbell on guitar and future country executive Jimmy Bowen as producer
    May 18, 1966
    Reprise releases Frank Sinatra's "Strangers In The Night." Produced by Jimmy Bowen, the single features Glen Campbell on guitar
    Oct 18, 1966
    Frank Sinatra records "That's Life" in Hollywood with record producer Jimmy Bowen, who becomes a major Nashville producer
    Nov 10, 1968
    Neil Young records "Sugar Mountain" during a performance at the Canterbury House in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Country Music Foundation book "Heartaches By The Number" ranks it among country's 500 greatest singles of all-time

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