Historically speaking, July 30th has been an important date for the late Johnny Cash.

2008 - Alan Jackson nabs a gold album for "Good Time".

 

2007 - Rodney Atkins receives a diploma from Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, 14 years after he stopped taking classes. School officials discovered he'd racked up enough hours of credit to qualify for a newly created degree.

 

2005 - Kenny Chesney performs at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field. The performance is shot for inclusion in an ABC Thanksgiving special, "Kenny Chesney: Somewhere In The Sun".

 

1999 - The Julia Roberts/Richard Gere movie, "Runaway Bride," opens in theaters, featuring music from The Dixie Chicks, Martina McBride, U2, Shawn Colvin, Billy Joel and Eric Clapton, among others.

 

1991 - Travis Tritt gets a platinum album for the first time, with "Country Club".

 

1985 - Alabama becomes the first country act to go quadruple-platinum, as the "Mountain Music" and "Feels So Right" albums are certified for shipments of 4 million copies. "The Closer You Get" goes triple-platinum.

 

1968 - Johnny Cash records the Carl Perkins-penned "Daddy Sang Bass" at the Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville, with The Statler Brothers and Jan Howard providing additional voices.

 

1964 - Banjo player Ron Block born in California. He joins Alison Krauss + Union Station, in 1991, performing on "When You Say Nothing At All," plus The Soggy Bottom Boys' "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow" and Vince Gill's "High Lonesome Sound".

 

1958 - Neal McCoy born in Jacksonville, Texas. Known for such mid-1990s recordings such as "No Doubt About It" and "Wink," he garners more acclaim for his energetic stage show, earning Entertainer of the Year twice in the TNN/Music City News awards.

 

1955 - Johnny Cash records his first version of "Folsom Prison Blues," "Luther Played The Boogie" and "So Doggone Lonesome" at the Sun Recording Studio in Memphis.