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  • Apr 9, 1926
    Magazine publisher Hugh Hefner is born in Chicago, Illinois. He establishes Playboy magazine and later Playboy Records, which provides a recording home in the 1970s for Barbi Benton and Mickey Gilley
    Jan 15, 1972
    A Billboard cover story announces the launch of Hugh Hefner's Playboy Records. The company will aid the recording careers of Mickey Gilley and Barbi Benton
    Mar 23, 1974
    Mandolin player Marty Stuart makes his "Hee Haw" debut as a member of Lester Flatt's backing band. The episode also features Buddy Alan and Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, plus hosts Buck Owens and Roy Clark, who leads a gang performance of "Take An Old Cold 'Tater (And Wait)"
    May 21, 1974
    Mickey Gilley records "Bouquet Of Roses" and "I Overlooked An Orchid" during an evening session at Nashville's RCA Studio B
    Jun 26, 1974
    Barbi Benton holds her first Nashville session, recording "Queen Of The Silver Dollar"
    Jun 29, 1974
    Mickey Gilley goes to #1 on the Billboard country chart for the first time with "Room Full Of Roses"
    Sep 4, 1974
    Mickey Gilley records the Bill Anderson-penned "City Lights" during an afternoon at RCA Studio B in Nashville
    Nov 2, 1974
    Mickey Gilley plucks a #1 country single in Billboard with "I Overlooked An Orchid"
    Nov 9, 1974
    Mickey Gilley performs "Room Full Of Roses" on the syndicated TV show "Hee Haw." The edition also features Playboy Records owner Hugh Hefner, Barbi Benton and sax player Boots Randolph
    Nov 9, 1974
    Mickey Gilley's "Room Full Of Roses" is planted in the top position on the Billboard country albums chart

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