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  • Mar 2, 1983
    Sony, Philips and PolyGram unveil their CD systems. Originally intended for audiophiles, the CD becomes the primary format for music by the end of the decade
    Apr 21, 1987
    CBS Records acquires Fred Foster's Monument label, including previous recordings by the likes of Roy Orbison, Kris Kristofferson and Billy Swan. Ten years later, Monument will launch The Dixie Chicks
    Jan 5, 1988
    Sony buys CBS Records, including the contracts of Ricky Van Shelton, George Jones, Ricky Skaggs and Tammy Wynette
    Feb 22, 1988
    Roy Wunsch is named to head Sony Music in Nashville. The company's artists include Willie Nelson, Tammy Wynette, George Jones and Shenandoah
    Jan 9, 1989
    Sony Music buys Tree Publishing for an estimated $50 million. The catalog includes such titles as "I Fall To Pieces," "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys"
    May 31, 1994
    Sony's 550 Music releases the soundtrack to "The Cowboy Way," featuring Travis Tritt, Bon Jovi, James House, Emmylou Harris, The Allman Brothers Band and The Gibson/Miller Band
    Sep 20, 1994
    Sony releases the soundtrack to "The Shawshank Redemption." It features orchestral music and hits by The Ink Spots, plus Hank Williams' "Lovesick Blues"
    Apr 30, 1996
    Sony releases Australian pop singer Tina Arena's album "Don't Ask." It includes "Heaven Help My Heart," a song covered on the Wynonna album "Revelations"
    Jan 1, 1997
    The Dixie Chicks begin a six-album deal with Sony subsidiary Monument Records
    Mar 6, 1997
    Tanya Tucker flashes her breasts to an industry crowd during a Sony Music party in Nashville, coinciding with the Country Radio Seminar. With NBC reporter Stone Phillips in tow, she also makes derogatory comments on stage to Ty Herndon

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