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  • Oct 20, 1980
    Charlie Daniels sings the national anthem at Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium, where the NFL's Oakland Raiders bash the Steelers, 45-34
    Oct 20, 1979
    Jim Ed Brown & Helen Cornelius sing "Lying In Love With You" on "Hee Haw." Buck Owens delivers "Act Naturally," backed by Bonnie Owens, with additional performances from Roy Clark & Buck Trent, Lulu Roman and The Hagers, who cover "Just When I Needed You Most"
    Oct 20, 1979
    Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers Band park at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "All The Gold In California"
    Oct 20, 1979
    Barbara Mandrell does a medley of three of her hits--"Standing Room Only," "Married But Not To Each Other" and "The Midnight Oil"--on "Pop! Goes The Country," hosted by Ralph Emery. The Kendalls sing "Just Like Real People" and "Sweet Desire"
    Oct 20, 1978
    Warner Bros. releases the self-titled debut album from Mark Knopfler's rock band Dire Straits. One of the songs, "Setting Me Up," becomes a country hit 10 years later for Warner act Highway 101
    Oct 20, 1978
    British rockers The Police make their first American concert performance, playing at the New York punk club CBGB. Nineteen years later, lead singer Sting appears on the country charts with Toby Keith on "I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying"
    Oct 20, 1978
    Charlie Dore records the pop hit "Pilot Of The Airwaves" in Nashville, using local musicians David Briggs, Audie Ashworth, Reggie Young, Ronny Light, Bobby Wood, Johnny Christopher, Larrie Londin and Joe Osborn
    Oct 20, 1978
    The Oak Ridge Boys appear on the syndicated "Hee Haw Honeys"
    Oct 20, 1978
    Epic releases Johnny Paycheck's "Greatest Hits, Vol. II"
    Oct 20, 1978
    RCA releases Jerry Reed's "Gimme Back My Blues"

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