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  • Apr 25, 1915
    Cliff Bruner is born in Texas City, Texas. The fiddler performs briefly with Milton Brown before going on his own and recording for Decca in the late-1930s
    Sep 29, 1915
    Western swing guitarist Derwood Brown is born in Stephenville, Texas. He appears on records by The Fort Worth Doughboys and Milton Brown's Musical Brownies, led by his older brother
    Jan 21, 1916
    Bass player Ed Duncan is born in Texas. He plays on several sessions at the Jim Beck Studios in Dallas for Marty Robbins and Lefty Frizzell
    Jun 8, 1916
    Vocalist and guitarist Adolph Hofner is born in Moulton, Texas. Influenced by Milton Brown & His Music Brownies, he becomes a pioneering figure in the growth of western swing, co-founding The Oklahoma Playboys with Jimmie Revard in 1935
    Aug 11, 1916
    Record producer Jim Beck is born in Marshall, Texas. Beck produces the first hits on Lefty Frizzell in his Dallas studio, which also yields hits for Ray Price
    Sep 17, 1916
    Mary Helen Hames is born in Pilot Point, Texas. She marries western swing pioneer Milton Brown and, after Brown's death, Bob Wills
    Jan 3, 1917
    Leon McAuliffe is born in Houston. He plays steel guitar for Bob Wills' Texas Playboys from 1935-1942, then earns an instrumental hit on his own in 1949 with "Panhandle Rag." His Wills credits include "Right Or Wrong" and "Cherokee Maiden"
    Feb 15, 1917
    Effie "Anna" Carter is born in Shannon, Texas. She joins the family gospel group The Chuck Wagon Gang, whose "After The Sunrise" is named among country's 500 greatest singles in the Country Music Foundation's "Heartaches By The Number"
    Mar 31, 1917
    Fiddler Joe Holley is born in Lone Camp, Texas. A prominent member of Bob Wills' Texas Playboys, he plays on such western-swing classics as "Stay A Little Longer," "Smoke On The Water" and "White Cross On Okinawa"
    Jun 15, 1917
    Songwriter Leon Payne is born in Alba, Texas. He pens Jim Reeves' "Blue Side Of Lonesome," Hank Williams' "Lost Highway" and his own recording of "I Love You Because," becoming a founding member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

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