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  • May 11, 1888
    Pop songwriter Irving Berlin is born in Temun, Russia. He earns country hits when Willie Nelson records his song "Blue Skies" and Ernest Tubb covers "White Christmas." Among Berlin's Broadway successes is "Annie, Get Your Gun"
    Sep 11, 1974
    Tennessee Ernie Ford begins a one-month tour of the Soviet Union as part of a U.S. cultural exchange program. First stop for Ford and his Opryland troop, including future hitmaker Deborah Allen: Yerevan, Georgia
    Oct 13, 1974
    Tennessee Ernie Ford wraps up a one-month tour of the Soviet Union in Moscow with an Opryland cast that includes Deborah Allen
    Jan 15, 1976
    Roy Clark begins an 18-day concert tour behind the Iron Curtain in the Soviet city of Latvia with The Oak Ridge Boys and Buck Trent. The government asks Clark to drop the theme from "Doctor Zhivago" from a medley
    Apr 30, 1977
    The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band arrives in the Soviet Union for a 24-show tour sponsored by the U.S. State Department
    May 23, 1977
    The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band appears in Moscow, the final concert in a 24-show tour presented by the American State Department. In addition to Dirt Band songs, the set list includes "The Battle Of New Orleans" and the Cajun classic "Diggy Diggy Lo"
    Nov 24, 1984
    John Denver performs a concert at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow
    Nov 12, 1988
    Roy Clark kicks off a concert tour in the Soviet Union featuring a dozen performances, including stops in Moscow and Leningrad
    Jun 30, 1990
    Kenny Chesney begins an 11-day tour of the Soviet Union as a member of the East Tennessee State University Senior Bluegrass Band, visiting in conjunction with the International Folk Arts Festival

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