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October 23rd: On this day

1939
Bill Monroe auditioned for the Grand Ole Opry at the WSM Radio studios in Nashville, performing "Foggy Mountain Top," "Mule Skinner Blues" and "Fire On The Mountain." He passed the audition and made his debut five days later.

1951
Born on this day in Pulaski, Tennessee, was David Wills, singer-songwriter. Wills wrote George Strait's "If You're Thinking You Want a Stranger (There's One Coming Home)" and Garth Brooks' "Wild Horses."

1956
Born on this day in Pikeville, Kentucky, was Dwight Yoakam. The country singer, actor and film director, who is most famous for his pioneering country music has sold over 25 million records with 5 Billboard # 1 Albums, 12 Gold Albums, and 9 Platinum Albums. Yoakam is the most frequent musical guest in the history of The Tonight Show and has also starred in many films, most notably in critically acclaimed performances as an ill-tempered, abusive, live-in boyfriend in Sling Blade.

1972
Born on this day in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, was Jimmy Wayne country music singer and songwriter. He released his self-titled debut album in 2003, four singles were released from it, including "Stay Gone" and "I Love You This Much", which both reached Top Ten on the Billboard country charts. “Do You Believe Me Now” became his first #1 hit in late 2008.

1976
Linda Ronstadt was at #1 on the Country music album chart with the Grammy Award winning Hasten Down the Wind. Her third straight million-selling album made Ronstadt the first female artist in history to accomplish this feat.

1978
American country musician Maybelle Carter died aged 69. She is best known as a member of the historic Carter Family act in the 1920s and '30s and also as a member of Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters. Maybelle Carter was inducted as part of The Carter Family in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1970. In 1993, her image appeared on a US postage stamp honoring the Carter Family.

1982
Special guests on this week's syndicated US music television series The Glen Campbell Music Show included The Righteous Brothers who with Glen Campbell played "True Grit" and "An American Trilogy".

1992
The American dramatic musical western film Pure Country was released. Directed by Christopher Cain, The film stars George Strait in his acting debut with Lesley Ann Warren, Isabel Glasser and Kyle Chandler. The soundtrack was a critical success and to date is Strait's best selling album.

2011
Scotty McCreery was at #1 on the Country music album chart with Clear As Day, the debut studio album by the season ten American Idol winner.