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  • Mar 1, 1988
    Pearl Butler dies in Nashville. She joined her husband, Carl, on the 1962 hit "Don't Let Me Cross Over"
    Mar 2, 1988
    "Forever And Ever, Amen" wins Best Country Song for composers Don Schlitz and Paul Overstreet during the 30th annual Grammy Awards in New York. The album the song appears on, "Always & Forever," earns Best Country Vocal Performance, Male, for Randy Travis
    Mar 2, 1988
    Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog" is added to the Grammy Hall of Fame along with Chuck Berry's "Maybellene" and Artie Shaw's version of "Star Dust"
    Mar 2, 1988
    In a pairing of a current Entertainer of the Year and a former one, Johnny Cash and Hank Williams Jr. record "That Old Wheel" at the JMI Recording Studio in Nashville
    Mar 5, 1988
    The CBS special "Willie Nelson, Texas Style" debuts, with Nelson and Ray Charles teaming on "Milk Cow Blues." The guest list also features Asleep At The Wheel and Bruce Hornsby & The Range. Nelson sings "On The Road Again," "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys" and "South Of The Border (Down Mexico Way)"
    Mar 5, 1988
    Ricky Van Shelton's "Wild-Eyed Dream" hits #1 on the Billboard country albums chart
    Mar 5, 1988
    Alabama's "Face To Face," featuring guest vocals by K.T. Oslin, arrives at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
    Mar 5, 1988
    "Dolly!" returns to the ABC airwaves after a three-week layoff with guests Barbara Mandrell, Smokey Robinson, Tom Selleck and The Temptations. Parton and Mandrell duet on Billy Joel's "Just The Way You Are"
    Mar 6, 1988
    T.G. Sheppard sings the national anthem at the North Carolina Motor Speedway in Rockingham, where Neil Bonnett wins NASCAR's Goodwrench 500
    Mar 7, 1988
    Johnny Cash, Roy Acuff, Jessi Colter, Emmylou Harris and Waylon Jennings record Acuff's "As Long As I Live" at Nashville's JMI Recording Studio. Cash also enlists Rosanne Cash and The Everly Brothers on "Ballad Of A Teenage Queen"

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