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  • Oct 20, 1978
    Charlie Dore records the pop hit "Pilot Of The Airwaves" in Nashville, using local musicians David Briggs, Audie Ashworth, Reggie Young, Ronny Light, Bobby Wood, Johnny Christopher, Larrie Londin and Joe Osborn
    Oct 20, 1978
    The Oak Ridge Boys appear on the syndicated "Hee Haw Honeys"
    Oct 20, 1978
    Epic releases Johnny Paycheck's "Greatest Hits, Vol. II"
    Oct 20, 1978
    RCA releases Jerry Reed's "Gimme Back My Blues"
    Oct 20, 1977
    Lynyrd Skynyrd's Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and backup vocalist Cassie Gaines die in a plane crash in Gillsburg, Mississippi. Their brand of Southern rock influences many future country artists, leading to a 1994 tribute album, "Skynyrd Frynds"
    Oct 20, 1976
    The Statler Brothers record "I Was There" at the US Recording Studio in Nashville
    Oct 20, 1976
    Bass player Jeff Loberg is born in Beaverlodge, Alberta. He becomes a member of the six-piece Canadian band Emerson Drive but leaves in August 2002, just months after the group scored its first American hit, with "I Should Be Sleeping"
    Oct 20, 1975
    Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw signs with Mercury Records. He gains a minor country hit the following year with his version of Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"
    Oct 20, 1975
    Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge take home a gold album from the RIAA for "Kris & Rita Full Moon"
    Oct 20, 1973
    "Saaaaaa-lute!" Dottie West sings "Country Sunshine" on "Hee Haw." Billy "Crash" Craddock performs "Slippin' And Slidin'"

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