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  • Aug 5, 1980
    The pop group The Osmonds breaks up after two decades of singing together. Two years later, they're back together--sans Donny Osmond--with a country hit, "I Think About Your Lovin'"
    Aug 6, 1980
    Six hours before a scheduled concert for 660 nuns, Charley Pride's airplane is involved in a mid-air collision in Texas. Two passengers in the other plane are killed; Pride and 15 others miraculously escape without major injury
    Aug 7, 1980
    Bill Monroe and Doc Watson play the White House with 1,000 in attendance, including president Jimmy Carter. Monroe's set includes "Uncle Pen," "Blue Moon Of Kentucky" and "Blue Yodel No. 8 (Mule Skinner Blues)"
    Aug 7, 1980
    Columbia releases Willie Nelson's single "On The Road Again"
    Aug 8, 1980
    MCA releases Don Williams' album "I Believe In You"
    Aug 9, 1980
    Mickey Gilley hits the top of the Billboard country singles chart with a song from the "Urban Cowboy" soundtrack, "Stand By Me"
    Aug 10, 1980
    Vocalist and keyboard player Lydia Salnikova is born in Obninsk, Russia. She joins the all-Russian band Bering Strait, scoring a 2003 Grammy nomination for the instrumental track "Bearing Straight"
    Aug 11, 1980
    Elektra releases Jerry Lee Lewis' remake of "Over The Rainbow"
    Aug 11, 1980
    Steel player Alexander "Sasha" Ostrovsky is born in Obninsk, Russia. As a member of the all-Russian band Bering Strait, he performs on the cleverly titled "Bearing Straight," an instrumental track nominated for a Grammy award in 2003
    Aug 13, 1980
    Willie Nelson performs the national anthem for the Democratic National Convention at New York's Madison Square Garden as Jimmy Carter is nominated for president. A political cartoon later responds, "Hey, that was just great, Mr. Nelson. Really super. Say what song was that, anyway?"

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