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  • Jan 1, 1979
    The Oak Ridge Boys perform in Monaco for Princess Grace
    Jan 1, 1979
    "She Came To The Valley" premieres in Brownsville, Texas. Freddy Fender, who portrays Pancho Villa in the film, takes Villa's widow to the event
    Jan 1, 1979
    Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers Band sing the national anthem at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, where the Notre Dame Fighting Irish beat the Houston Cougars, 35-34
    Jan 2, 1979
    Songwriter Wayne Walker dies in Nashville. A member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, he wrote Ray Price's "I've Got A New Heartache," Janie Fricke's "Pride," Mel Tillis' "Burning Memories" and Patsy Cline's "Leavin' On Your Mind"
    Jan 4, 1979
    Rita Coolidge and Kris Kristofferson play the Bottom Line in New York. The date draws guests Willie Nelson, Burt Reynolds and Candice Bergen
    Jan 4, 1979
    Johnny Rodriguez holds his first recording session in a new deal with Epic Records, cutting material at the Columbia Recording Studios on Music Row in Nashville
    Jan 4, 1979
    Ronnie McDowell records a number of former Elvis Presley hits at Nashville's Young 'Un Sound for ABC's mini-series "Elvis." The songs include "Love Me Tender," "Crying In The Chapel," "Separate Ways," "Suspicious Minds," "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Are You Lonesome To-night?"
    Jan 5, 1979
    Warner/Curb releases Debby Boone's cover of the Connie Francis pop hit "My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own"
    Jan 5, 1979
    "Leavin' On Your Mind" songwriter Wayne Walker is celebrated in a memorial service at Woodlawn Funeral Home in Nashville. Pallbearers include Mel Tillis, Faron Young, Justin Tubb and songwriters Danny Dill and Glenn D. Tubb
    Jan 5, 1979
    John Anderson records his first Top 10 single, "1959," at the Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville during a midday session

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