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  • Aug 20, 1923
    Jim Reeves is born in Panola County, Texas. Combining a warm tone with perfectionist phrasing, he becomes one of country's strongest balladeers. He enters the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1967, three years after a plane crash takes his life
    Dec 3, 1923
    Hubert Long is born in Poteet, Texas. He emerges among country music's most influential executives, working with the likes of Eddy Arnold, Webb Pierce and Faron Young on his way to membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1970
    Mar 28, 1924
    Arlie Duff is born in Jack's Branch, Texas. The school teacher registers his lone country hit as a recording artist when he writes the country anthem "You All Come," since re-phrased as "Y'all Come." He also writes Sonny James' "It's The Little Things"
    May 1, 1924
    Jim Reeves' dad, Tom Reeves, dies, nine months after the future country singer's birth
    Oct 3, 1924
    Joe Allison is born in McKinney, Texas. Allison writes such hits as Jim Reeves' "He'll Have To Go" and Faron Young's "Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young" and serves as the head of Liberty Records' country division in the 1960s
    Dec 29, 1924
    Guitarist Billy Gray is born in Paris, Texas. He joins Wanda Jackson on the 1954 hit "You Can't Have My Love" and plays on numerous Hank Thompson singles, including "A Six Pack To Go," "The Wild Side Of Life" and "Honky-Tonk Girl"
    Mar 25, 1925
    Crystal Springs Dancing Pavilion opens in Fort Worth, Texas. From 1930-1936, the ramshackle club is packed nearly every Saturday night for performances by western swing pioneers Milton Brown's Musical Brownies
    Jul 4, 1925
    W. Lee "Pappy" O'Daniel takes a job as the sales manager for the Burrus Mill in Fort Worth, Texas. To advertise the company's product, he employs The Light Crust Doughboys, a western-swing band that graduates both Milton Brown and Bob Wills
    Sep 3, 1925
    Hank Thompson is born in Waco, Texas. His mix of honky-tonk and Western swing makes him one of country's top acts in the 1950s and early-'60s. His signature song, "The Wild Side Of Life," aids his 1989 induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame
    Dec 21, 1925
    Quanah Talmadge "Billy" Tubb is born in Kaufman, Texas. He writes "Seaman's Blues" for his uncle, Ernest Tubb, while serving in the Pacific during World War II

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