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  • Jul 23, 1947
    Patti Page holds her first recording session, in Chicago, for Mercury Records
    Jul 23, 1943
    Tony Joe White is born in Oak Grove, Louisiana. Best known for his southern-fried pop hit "Polk Salad Annie," he writes "A Rainy Night In Georgia," a country hit for Hank Williams Jr., and the last song that Conway Twitty records before his death
    Jul 23, 1940
    Johnny Darrell is born in Hopewell, Alabama. He has country hits in the 1960s with "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town" and "With Pen In Hand"
    Jul 23, 1938
    "Pappy" O'Daniel, who came to fame as the founder of The Light Crust Doughboys, wins Texas' Democratic primary for governor
    Jul 23, 1925
    Sax player Glenn Rhees is born in Oilton, Oklahoma. He joins Bob Wills' Texas Playboys in 1960, appearing on the hit "Heart To Heart Talk"
    Jul 23, 1922
    Bass player English Pierce "Jake" Tullock is born near Etowah, Tennessee. He becomes a member of Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs' Foggy Mountain Boys, playing on "The Ballad Of Jed Clampett"
    Jul 23, 1918
    Eva Overstake is born in Decatur, Illinois. She becomes Red Foley's wife in 1933
    Jul 23, 1910
    Recording engineer Aaron Shelton is born in Erin, Tennessee. He co-founds the Castle Recording Studio--one of Nashville's first recording sites--and runs the board for hits by Hank Williams, Kitty Wells, Red Foley and Carl Smith, among others
    Jul 23, 1909
    Songwriter Vera Matson is born in Nebraska. She will be credited as a composer of Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender," though it's widely believed the song is penned by Matson's husband, songwriter Ken Darby
    Jul 23, 1907
    Songwriter Will Hays dies in Louisville, Kentucky, four days after his 70th birthday. Some four decades later, Eddy Arnold earns a country hit with "Molly Darling," a title Hays authored in the 1870s

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