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  • May 12, 1920
    Mandolin player Billie "Tiny" Moore is born in Hamilton County, Texas. He works with Bob Wills' Texas Playboys from 1946-1950 and later performs with Merle Haggard and Commander Cody & The Lost Planet Airmen
    Jul 14, 1920
    Songwriter Marijohn Wilkin is born in Kemp, Texas. A 1975 inductee in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, she writes such hits as "One Day At A Time," "The Long Black Veil," "P.T. 109" and "Waterloo." She also mentors Kris Kristofferson
    Sep 10, 1920
    Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Luke Wills is born in Hall County, Texas. In addition to fronting his own band, he appears on brother Johnnie Wills' "Milk Cow Blues" and several hits by brother Bob Wills, including "Faded Love"
    Jun 24, 1921
    Guitarist Jimmy Self is born in Childress, Texas. He plays on hit records by RCA acts Eddy Arnold, Don Gibson and Hank Locklin
    Dec 28, 1921
    Guitarist Melvin "Leon" Short is born in Ranger, Texas. As a member of Ernest Tubb's Texas Troubadours, he plays on more than a dozen hits, including "Soldier's Last Letter," "Filipino Baby" and "Careless Darlin'"
    Jan 25, 1922
    Guitarist Jimmy Wyble is born in Port Arthur, Texas. He joins Bob Wills' Texas Playboys from 1943-1945, appearing on such hits as "Stay A Little Longer," "Smoke On The Water" and "Stars And Stripes On Iwo Jima"
    Mar 3, 1922
    Jimmy Heap is born in Taylor, Texas. A leader of the honky-tonk band The Melody Masters, their version of "Release Me" becomes a hit in 1954, barely preceding hit versions of the same song by Ray Price and Kitty Wells
    Mar 14, 1922
    Pianist and arranger Les Baxter is born in Mexia, Texas. Noted for his work with Bob Hope and Nat King Cole, his Les Baxter Chorus supports Jimmy Wakely on the 1951 pop and country hit "Beautiful Brown Eyes"
    Jan 4, 1923
    WBAP in Dallas becomes the first station west of the Mississippi River to broadcast country music, airing "The Radio Barn Dance"
    Jan 5, 1923
    Big Bill Lister is born in Kenedy, Texas. A friend of Hank Williams, he records the first commercial version of "There's A Tear In My Beer" and eventually gives Williams' demo to Hank Williams Jr., who turns it into a duet hit

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