JUNE 3, 1954 THURSDAY
Singer/songwriter Dan Hill is born in Toronto. His pop single ''Sometimes
When We Touch'' is remade by Mark Gray and Tammy Wynette, and he writes the Mark Wills hit ''I Do (Cherish You)'' and ''She's In Love'', plus Sammy Kershaw's ''Love Of My Life''.
5, 1953 SATURDAY
Calling it a money-saving move, several companies make the seven-inch single an industry standard.
JUNE 6, 1954 SUNDAY
Bass player Bryan Grassmeyer is born in Nebraska. He becomes a founding member of The Gibson/Miller Band, playing
on their lone hit, ''Texas Tattoo''. He leaves the band before it recorded its second album.
Playwright Maxwell Anderson marries his third wife, Gilda Hazard. He is a
co-writer of ''September Song'', destined to become a country hit for Willie Nelson 25 years later.
JUNE 8, 1954 TUESDAY
Faron Young recorded ''A Place For Girls Like You'' at Nashville's Castle Studio.
JUNE 12, 1954 SATURDAY
Ferlin Husky joins the Grand Ole Opry, at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
JUNE 14, 1954 MONDAY
The words "under God" are added to the United States Pledge of Allegiance signed into law.
15, 1954 TUESDAY
Terry Gibbs is born in Miami, Florida. On the heels of her pop/country hit ''Somebody's Knockin''', she wins the Country Music Association's first Horizon
award, designed to honor new and developing artists in 1981.
Guitarist and banjo player Bruce Watkins is born in Bonne Terre, Missouri. He plays on a host of Alan Jackson
hits, plus George Jones' ''Choices'', Jamie O'Neals's ''Trying To Find Atlantis'' and the Dolly Parton/Ricky Van Shelton duet ''Rockin' Years''.
JUNE 18, 1954 FRIDAY
WCBR becomes the second Memphis station targeted exclusively to African Americans. The following day, WDIA ups its wattage to 50,000, thereby blanketing the Delta. In 1956, WBRC is acquired
by the OK Group in Louisiana and chances its call letters to WLOK, call-letters previously used by a hillbilly station in Lima, Ohio. One of WLOK's disc jockeys, Chester McDowell aka Hunky Dory, later brings in a group to record at Sun Records.
JUNE 20, 1954 SUNDAY
''Corral Cuties'' makes its debut. The short western film features Tennessee
Ernie Ford, who sings ''Anytime'' plus Molly Bee, Billy Strange and Cliffie Stone.
JUNE 21, 1954 MONDAY
Columbia released Carl Smith's ''Go Boy, Go''.
JUNE 22, 1954 TUESDAY
Ernest Tubb recorded ''Two Glasses, Joe'' in the early afternoon at the Castle Studio in Nashville's Tulane Hotel.
JUNE 25, 1954 FRIDAY
Keyboard player David Paich is born in Los Angeles. Best known as a member of the rock band Toto, he also appears as a supporting musician on the Glen Campbell hits ''Rhinestone Cowboy''
and ''Southern Nights''.