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  • May 25, 1921
    Songwriter Hal David is born in Brooklyn, New York. Best known as a partner for pop songwriter Burt Bacharach, his country credentials include: "To All The Girls I've Loved Before," "Sea Of Heartbreak" "and It Was Almost Like A Song," among others
    May 25, 1893
    Ernest "Pop" Stoneman is born in Monarat, Virginia. Among country's first successful recording artists in the 1920s, he later builds a band, The Stoneman Family, ultimately entering the Country Music Hall of Fame
    May 25, 1878
    Tap dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson is born in Richmond, Virginia. He inspires the first hit by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, "Mr. Bojangles"
    May 25, 1877
    Pop singer Billy Murray is born in Philadelphia. He launches "Are You From Dixie (Cause I'm From Dixie Too)" onto the hit parade in 1916. Jerry Reed turns it into a country hit in 1969
    May 25, 1875
    Dr. Humphrey Bate is born in Sumner County, Tennessee. His band, The Possum Hunters, is the first to play country music on WSM, which becomes the home of the Grand Ole Opry. The Possum Hunters are part of the Opry for its first decade

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