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  • Jan 12, 1926
    Ray Price is born in Peach, Texas. Nicknamed the "Cherokee Cowboy," he is instrumental in the growth of the country shuffle and the use of recorded strings. His legacy includes "Crazy Arms," "For The Good Times," "I've Got A New Heartache" and a plaque in the Country Music Hall of Fame
    Feb 26, 1926
    Bob Wills' brother, Billy Jack Wills, is born in Hall County, Texas. He serves as principal vocalist of The Texas Playboys in the late-1940s, and writes the lyrics to the western-swing classic "Faded Love"
    Apr 26, 1926
    Naamon Frizzell marries A.D. Cox at the First Baptist Church in Corsicana, Texas. Two years later, they become the parents of Lefty Frizzell
    May 30, 1926
    Fiddler Johnny Gimble is born in Tyler, Texas. Named Instrumentalist of the Year five times by the Country Music Association, his credits include work with Bob Wills, Willie Nelson, Moe Bandy and George Strait. He earns a spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2018
    Aug 21, 1926
    Bob Wills takes his first wife, Edna Posey, in Canadian, Texas
    Nov 2, 1926
    Charlie Walker is born in Copeville, Texas. Following a career as a country disc jockey in San Antonio, he develops a handful of hits, including the 1958 shuffle "Pick Me Up On Your Way Down," en route to membership in the Grand Ole Opry
    May 14, 1927
    William "Curley" Gatlin is born in Mabank, Texas. His sons--Larry, Steve and Rudy--will form the country act Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers Band
    Mar 31, 1928
    Lefty Frizzell is born in Corsicana, Texas. He influences Merle Haggard, Keith Whitley and Randy Travis through such hits as "If You've Got The Money I've Got The Time," "I Love You A Thousand Ways," "The Long Black Veil" and "Always Late (With Your Kisses)" on his way to the Country Music Hall of Fame
    Jul 1, 1928
    Alice Harper is born in Winnsboro, Texas. As an adult, she marries Lefty Frizzell, inspiring his classic "I Love You A Thousand Ways"
    Aug 10, 1928
    Jimmy Dean is born in Olton, Texas. A network TV host and sausage-company owner, he sells a million copies of the 1961 single "Big Bad John." He joins the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010

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