Legendary bluegrass singer Ralph Stanley is dead at the age of 89. A family member noted on Facebook that Stanley died after battling skin cancer. Stanley is considered one of the founders of bluegrass music and was inducted into both the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry. His music found a new audience when he was featured on the soundtrack to the 2000 Coen brothers’ film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
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1974 - Dolly Parton announces she's ending her duet partnership with Porter Wagoner. It's this break up that has long been rumored as the inspiration for Dolly's writing "I Will Always Love You".
1974 - Charley Pride wins country music's honors for Favorite Male Vocalist and Favorite Album, "A Sunshiny Day,". ABC's first-ever American Music Awards, created by Dick Clark and hosted by Roger Miller. Other winners: Lynn Anderson and Charlie Rich.
1977 - Elvis Presley hits #1 on the Billboard country chart with "Moody Blue"
1981 - Dolly Parton's "9 To 5" is certified gold
1993- Reba McEntire's album "It's Your Call" is certified gold and platinum on the same day
1957 - TV personality Lorianne Crook born in Wichita, KS. Lorianne along with Charlie Chase are the hosts of Crook and Chase.
1977 - Ronnie Milsap, Larry Gatlin, and Emmylou Harris took top country honors at the 19th annual Grammy Awards