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  • May 1, 1986
    Ricky Skaggs is grand marshal at Louisville's Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade, which also features Mickey Gilley. Ferdinand wins the race two days later
    May 1, 1986
    Pop record producer Hugo Peretti dies in Englewood, New Jersey. A co-writer of "Can't Help Falling In Love," he produced records for Sam Cooke, The Stylistics and The Isley Brothers, plus the Jimmie Rodgers crossover hit "Honeycomb"
    May 1, 1986
    Dan Seals participates in the Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, Virginia, serving as marshal of the firefighters parade
    May 3, 1986
    Dolly Parton's Dollywood theme park opens in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
    May 3, 1986
    Barbara Mandrell makes her first Grand Ole Opry appearance since a near-fatal car crash in September 1984
    May 3, 1986
    Earl Thomas Conley's "Once In A Blue Moon" crests in the top spot on the Billboard country singles chart
    May 3, 1986
    Ronnie Milsap joins Smokey Robinson and Culture Club as guests on TV's ultra-'80s show "Solid Gold." Milsap sings "Happy, Happy Birthday Baby" and duets with host Dionne Warwick on "Any Day Now"
    May 3, 1986
    Guitarist Joe Maphis performs at Duarte, California. It proves to be his last public show--he dies of cancer within two months
    May 5, 1986
    Cleveland is named as the future site of the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, which goes on to include such country figures as Johnny Cash, Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Wills, Hank Williams and Bill Monroe
    May 5, 1986
    With Dollywood opening, Dolly Parton makes the cover of People magazine

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