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  • Jul 1, 1978
    Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic takes place at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, with Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris and The Grateful Dead
    Jul 1, 1978
    Margo Smith arrives at the top of the Billboard country singles chart with "It Only Hurts For A Little While"
    Jul 2, 1978
    What's left of the Chicken Ranch in La Grange, Texas, is auctioned off. The brothel was closed in 1973, but had become the subject of a Broadway play--and future Dolly Parton movie--"The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas"
    Jul 2, 1978
    Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic is staged at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas with Rita Coolidge, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter
    Jul 4, 1978
    Johnny Rodriguez performs at The Statler Brothers' "Happy Birthday U.S.A." concert in Staunton, Virginia
    Jul 5, 1978
    Warner Bros. releases Emmylou Harris' "Easy From Now On"
    Jul 6, 1978
    Tammy Wynette marries songwriter/producer George Richey--a co-writer of such titles as "The Grand Tour," "Soul Song" and "'Til I Can Make It On My Own"--at her home in Jupiter Beach, Florida
    Jul 6, 1978
    Johnny Cash records two songs destined to become hits for other artists: "The Gambler," which succeeds for Kenny Rogers; and the Rodney Crowell-penned "A Song For The Life," a future hit for Alan Jackson. Jo-El Sonnier sits in on the session at the House of Cash in Hendersonville, Tennessee
    Jul 6, 1978
    Con Hunley records "I've Been Waiting For You All Of My Life" in a morning session at Nashville's Columbia Studio B. Also cut is a version of "That's All That Matters," destined to become a hit for Mickey Gilley two years later
    Jul 6, 1978
    Gene Autry donates more than $27,000 to pay for the first L in the Hollywood sign as Los Angeles restores the landmark. The L stands 45 feet tall on Mt. Lee

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