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  • Apr 23, 1977
    Glen Campbell begins a three-week ride at #1 on the Billboard country albums chart with "Southern Nights"
    Apr 23, 1976
    Jeanne Pruett introduces Don Williams as the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry. Williams performs "The Shelter Of Your Eyes" and "You're My Best Friend." He remains part of the cast for only a couple years
    Apr 23, 1975
    Badfinger guitarist Pete Ham commits suicide by hanging himself in the garage of his home in London. He co-wrote the Nilsson pop hit "Without You," remade by T.G. Sheppard during the early-1980s
    Apr 23, 1975
    Warner Bros. releases The Doobie Brothers' pop hit "Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me)," featuring Keith Knudsen, destined to play drums for country's Southern Pacific
    Apr 23, 1975
    Nashville session players back Sammy Davis Jr. during a recording session at Music City's Monument Studio. Among the songs he cuts are Grady Martin's "Snap Your Fingers" and the former Johnny Paycheck hit "Song And Dance Man"
    Apr 23, 1974
    "Time Don't Run Out On Me" songwriter Carole King and her husband, bass player Charles Larkey, welcome a son, Levi, at their home in Los Angeles
    Apr 23, 1974
    A Memphis judge awards $1,000 to plaintiff Ann McMahon, who had charged Jerry Lee Lewis slapped her and humiliated her over the sound system during a performance in July 1971
    Apr 23, 1973
    Chet Atkins undergoes surgery to remove a malignant tumor in his colon. Calling himself a "coward," he later admits that on the way to the operating room, he kept thinking, "I'm going to die"
    Apr 23, 1973
    MCA releases Loretta Lynn's "Love Is The Foundation"
    Apr 23, 1973
    Johnny Carver records "Tonight Someone's Falling In Love" and "You Really Haven't Changed" during a midday session at Woodland Sound Studios in Nashville

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