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  • Feb 18, 1946
    Jimmie Davis records "Bang Bang" at the Decca Recording Studio in Hollywood
    Feb 18, 1946
    Columbia releases Spade Cooley's double-sided hit single, "Detour" and "You Can't Break My Heart"
    Feb 18, 1945
    Country Music Association executive director Ed Benson is born in Nashville. He becomes the CMA's leader when Jo Walker-Meador retires in 1992 and maintains the post until his own retirement in 2008
    Feb 18, 1941
    "Road Show," featuring songs written by Hoagy Carmichael, premieres in New York. Ex-Grand Ole Opry comedian Lee "Lasses" White is spotted in a cameo role
    Feb 18, 1939
    Pop songwriter/producer Bobby Hart is born in Phoenix, Arizona. Best known for his work with The Monkees, he writes Johnny Duncan and Janie Fricke's "Come A Little Bit Closer" and Lane Brody's "Over You"
    Feb 18, 1914
    Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski--a.k.a. Pee Wee King--is born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He leads the Golden West Cowboys to Grand Ole Opry membership and co-writes "Tennessee Waltz," entering the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1974
    Feb 18, 1904
    John Wills marries Emma Lee Foley. The couple has 10 children, four of whom are destined to become western-swing musicians: Bob Wills, Johnnie Lee Wills, Billy Jack Wills and Luke Wills
    Feb 18, 1901
    Wayne King, often called the Waltz King, is born in Savannah, Illinois. The pop singer writes a pair of country hits: The Hoosier Hot Shots' "Annabelle" and Ferlin Husky's "The Waltz You Saved For Me"
    Feb 18, 1885
    Two months after its release in Great Britain, Mark Twain's "The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn" is published in the U.S. Nearly a century later, it's mentioned alongside Tom Sawyer in the Alabama country hit "Mountain Music"

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