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  • Jan 5, 1998
    Former pop singer Sonny Bono dies in a skiing accident in South Lake Tahoe, California. With former partner Cher, he recorded the original version of "All I Ever Need Is You," which also became a country hit for Kenny Rogers & Dottie West
    Jan 5, 1997
    Johnny Cash and June Carter pop into Big Jim's Road House in Lewisburg, Tennessee, to work on a scene with Joe Diffie and Ty England for the TV movie "All My Friends Are Cowboys"
    Jan 5, 1997
    Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell perform "Pancho And Lefty" during a memorial service for singer/songwriter Townes Van Zandt at Nashville's Belmont Church. Also attending: Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett, Guy Clark, Susanna Clark and Nanci Griffith
    Jan 5, 1997
    Johnny Cash lends his voice to an episode of the animated FOX series "The Simpsons," providing a voice of conscience for Homer Simpson when the character hallucinates after injesting hot peppers
    Jan 5, 1997
    Pop songwriter Burton Lane dies of lung cancer in New York City. He authored "Look To The Rainbow" and "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever," plus Jo Stafford's 1947 country hit "Feudin' And Fightin'"
    Jan 5, 1996
    With a recording session three days away, David Lee Murphy writes the future hit "Every Time I Get Around You"
    Jan 5, 1995
    SoundScan figures indicate country music sales held steady in 1994, with consumers buying 76 million albums. The business peaked in 1992 at 80 million
    Jan 5, 1995
    Reba McEntire withdraws a request to build a heliport on her Music Row property from the Nashville zoning board, after music executives expressed fears that the air traffic would disrupt nearby recording sessions
    Jan 5, 1995
    Faith Hill takes home her first platinum album from the RIAA for "Take Me As I Am"
    Jan 5, 1995
    Mary Chapin Carpenter receives four Grammy nominations, including Record of the Year for "He Thinks He'll Keep Her." "I Swear" is in the running for Song of the Year

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