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  • Jan 5, 1961
    Iris DeMent is born in Paragould, Arkansas. Combining folk and traditional country elements, she covers "Big City" on the Merle Haggard tribute album "Tulare Dust." Her name inspires the title of The Goo Goo Dolls' Grammy-nominated rock song "Iris"
    Jan 5, 1961
    Singer/songwriter Mark Nesler is born in Beaumont, Texas. He writes Tim McGraw's "Just To See You Smile," George Strait's "Living And Living Well," Josh Turner's "Time Is Love" and Keith Urban's "You Look Good In My Shirt," among others
    Jan 5, 1960
    Hank Locklin records "Please Help Me, I'm Falling" at RCA Studio B in Nashville. The session marks the development of Floyd Cramer's "slip-note" style of playing piano
    Jan 5, 1959
    Columbia releases George Morgan's "I'm In Love Again"
    Jan 5, 1959
    Porter Wagoner records "Who Will Buy The Wine" at RCA Studio B in Nashville. A year later, it becomes a hit for Charlie Walker
    Jan 5, 1958
    The Everly Brothers perform "Wake Up Little Susie" in New York on CBS' weekly program "The Ed Sullivan Show." The episode also features pop singer Johnnie Ray
    Jan 5, 1957
    Patsy Cline shows up late for her weekly TV appearance on Jimmy Dean's "Town And Country Jamboree" in Washington, D.C. Dean fires her
    Jan 5, 1956
    Patsy Cline records "I Cried All The Way To The Altar" at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio in Nashville. The track will be employed in the 2019 PBS series "Country Music: A Film By Ken Burns"
    Jan 5, 1954
    Verlon Thompson is born in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Briefly the lead singer for Restless Heart before the band becomes famous, Thompson writes Suzy Bogguss' "Cross My Broken Heart," Tracy Byrd's "The First Step," The McCarters' "Up And Gone" and Trisha Yearwood's "You Say You Will"
    Jan 5, 1953
    Decca releases Webb Pierce's two-sided single, "I'll Go On Alone" backed by "That's Me Without You"

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