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  • May 17, 1912
    Grant Turner is born in Baird, Texas. He becomes an announcer for the Grand Ole Opry on D-Day, and remains with the program for 47 years, becoming the first announcer to enter the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1981
    Sep 2, 1912
    Johnnie Lee Wills is born in Jewett, Texas. The younger brother of Bob Wills, he forms his own band, recording the first version of the classic "Milk Cow Blues"
    Oct 31, 1912
    Dale Evans is born in Uvalde, Texas. In December 1947, she marries western actor Roy Rogers, with whom she stars on radio and TV. She also writes the couple's theme song, "Happy Trails"
    Nov 22, 1912
    Guitarist Doye O'Dell is born in Plainview, Texas. He supports Johnny Bond on the 1947 hit "Oklahoma Waltz"
    Dec 25, 1912
    Guitarist Oscar Moore is born in Austin, Texas. He becomes a member of The King Cole Trio, a jazz act that lands two songs in country music's Top 10 during 1944: "Straighten Up And Fly Right" and "I Can't See For Lookin'"
    Jan 8, 1913
    Orbie Lee Orbison is born in Texas. His son, Roy Orbison, becomes a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and nets several country hits as an artist and songwriter
    Feb 21, 1913
    Dave "Dad" Carter, destined to form the Southern gospel act The Chuck Wagon Gang, has a son, Clellon Carter, in Sherman, Texas
    May 31, 1913
    Fiddler Art Davis is born in Palestine, Texas. He appears in several Gene Autry movies, and plays with Bill Boyd's Cowboy Ramblers, participating in the session for "Under The Double Eagle"
    Jul 4, 1913
    The town of Littlefield, Texas, is incorporated. It becomes the boyhood stomping grounds for Waylon Jennings
    Jan 22, 1914
    Guitarist and vocalist Dickie McBride is born in New Baden, Texas. A bandleader in his own right, he appears on Cliff Bruner's 1938 hit "It Makes No Difference Now"

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