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  • Nov 9, 1974
    Clive Davis unveils his new Arista Records label to distributors in Chicago. He waits until 1989 to establish a Nashville branch, which debuts such acts as Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Diamond Rio, Pam Tillis and Brad Paisley, among others
    May 24, 1976
    Arista president Clive Davis pleads guilty in New York for failure to report $8,800 as income in 1972 during a well-publicized tax case. Davis will authorize a Nashville division 13 years later, launching the careers of Alan Jackson and Brooks & Dunn
    Sep 20, 1977
    The self-titled album by Southern rock band The Outlaws is certified gold by the RIAA. The group includes future BlackHawk lead vocalist Henry Paul
    Aug 18, 1982
    Arista releases Tanya Tucker's "Feel Right"
    Jun 26, 1986
    Arista releases "Then & Now... The Best Of The Monkees," including "Last Train To Clarksville," recognized in the Country Music Foundation's "Heartaches By The Number" among the 500 all-time greatest singles in country music
    Jul 23, 1986
    Arista releases "The Monkees Greatest Hits," including "Last Train To Clarksville," cited in the Country Music Foundation's "Heartaches By The Number" as one of country music's 500 greatest singles
    Aug 28, 1986
    Gold albums are awarded to "The Monkees Greatest Hits" and "Then & Now... The Best Of The Monkees" by the RIAA. Both projects feature "Last Train To Clarksville," hailed among country's 500 greatest singles in the Country Music Foundation book "Heartaches By The Number"
    Jan 15, 1987
    The Monkees earn a platinum album from the RIAA for "Then & Now... The Best Of The Monkees." It includes "Last Train To Clarksville," ranked in the Country Music Foundation's "Heartaches By The Number" among country's 500 greatest singles
    May 8, 1989
    Clive Davis announces he's establishing a Nashville office for Arista Records. The country division debuts such acts as Alan Jackson, Pam Tillis, Brooks & Dunn, Diamond Rio and Brad Paisley
    Jun 26, 1989
    Alan Jackson signs his first recording contract with Arista Records. He also records "Wanted," "Chasin' That Neon Rainbow" and "I'd Love You All Over Again"

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