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  • Jun 10, 1891
    Pop songwriter Al Dubin is born in Zurich, Switzerland. Best known for writing "I Only Have Eyes For You," he also earns country hits with Jo Stafford's "Feudin' And Fightin'" and T. Texas Tyler's "Memories Of France"
    Jun 2, 1895
    Songwriter Jean Villard is born in Montreux, Switzerland. He writes The Browns' 1959 crossover hit "The Three Bells"
    Mar 26, 1976
    The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg have a boy, Tara Richards, in Geneva, Switzerland. The group's "Honky Tonk Women" is destined to be named among country's 500 greatest singles in a Country Music Foundation book
    Jul 7, 1979
    Barbara Mandrell and The Oak Ridge Boys are booed off stage in favor of more traditional acts Roy Clark and Doc Watson at the first Montreux Country Festival in Switzerland. Irby Mandrell calls the crowd "a bunch of barbarians"
    Jun 21, 1980
    Pop musician and songwriter Bert Kaempfert dies of a stroke in Switzerland. He wrote "Strangers In The Night," "Wooden Heart," "Danke Schoen" and "Spanish Eyes," the latter a 1988 country hit for Willie Nelson with Julio Iglesias
    Mar 26, 1982
    Songwriter Jean Villard dies in Vevey, Switzerland. He authored The Browns' 1959 country hit "The Three Bells"
    Nov 12, 1984
    "Johnny Cash: Christmas On The Road" begins taping in Montreux, Switzerland. The CBS special features Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Jessi Colter and June Carter. Plans for the "Highwayman" album are initiated
    Jul 25, 1992
    Rocker Bryan Adams is involved in an auto accident in St. Gellen, Switzerland, where he helps the victims from the other vehicle before assistance arrives. Adams writes the Lonestar country hit "You Walked In"
    Mar 1, 1994
    The Dixie Chicks, still an independent group, begin their first European tour, starting off in Zurich, Switzerland
    Nov 25, 1996
    Late Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury is honored with a statue in Montreaux, Switzerland. Three years later, the Mercury-penned "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" will become a country hit for Dwight Yoakam

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