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  • May 21, 1991
    Tracy Lawrence signs a recording contract with Atlantic Records
    May 21, 1991
    George Strait receives a gold album from the RIAA for "Chill Of An Early Fall"
    May 21, 1989
    Songwriter Ed Nelson Jr. dies. A 1973 inductee in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, he authored several Eddy Arnold hits, including "Show Me The Way Back To Your Heart," "Will Santa Come To Shanty Town" and "I'm Throwing Rice (At The Girl That I Love)"
    May 21, 1988
    Eddy Raven, The Statler Brothers and Jeannie C. Riley guest on TV's "Hee Haw"
    May 21, 1988
    Kathy Mattea drives to the top of the Billboard country singles chart with "Eighteen Wheels And A Dozen Roses"
    May 21, 1988
    The Judds, Alabama, George Strait and Randy Travis play a sold-out show at the prestigious Madison Square Garden. It represents the first appearance in New York City for Travis, whose set includes "On The Other Hand" and "No Place Like Home"
    May 21, 1987
    Lionel Richie's pop album "Dancing On The Ceiling" is certified quadruple-platinum by the RIAA. It includes his country hit "Deep River Woman" featuring Alabama
    May 21, 1987
    Singer/songwriter Cody Johnson is born in Sebastopol, Texas. He develops an audience on the red-dirt circuit, achieving his first Top 10 country album in 2014 with "Cowboy Like Me" and his first hit single in 2018 with "On My Way To You." He earns a multi-week #1 with his 2021 release "'Til You Can't"
    May 21, 1986
    Barbara Mandrell joins Frankie Avalon to host the ABC special "America Picks The #1 Songs" from the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. The winning entries: Bill Haley's "Rock Around The Clock," Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and Lionel Richie's "All Night Long (All Night)"
    May 21, 1985
    Songwriter Craig Wiseman arrives in Nashville from Mississippi, sleeping in a van for his first week. He ultimately pens such hits as Kenny Chesney's "The Good Stuff," Blake Shelton's "Boys 'Round Here" and Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying"

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