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  • May 24, 1931
    Songwriter Clint Ballard is born in El Paso, Texas. In addition to Faron Young's country hit "Nightmare," he authors such pop hits as Linda Ronstadt's "You're No Good" and Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders' "Game Of Love"
    May 25, 1931
    Fiddler Jimmy Belkin is born in Dallas, Texas. As a member of Merle Haggard's band, The Strangers, he plays on "Yesterday's Wine," "Big City" and "Are The Good Times Really Over (I Wish A Buck Was Still Silver)"
    Jun 5, 1931
    Jimmie Rodgers visits songwriter Ray Hall at the Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas, to work out copyright issues on "Moonlight And Skies." Hall maintains he is owed a royalty, instead of the flat fee Rodgers had offered him
    Sep 1, 1931
    Lecil Martin is born in Sterratt, Texas. As Boxcar Willie, he establishes a hobo personality and sings traditional country music, gaining large sales through TV marketing and landing a spot on the Grand Ole Opry
    Sep 12, 1931
    George Jones is born in Saratoga, Texas. Widely regarded as one of the most gifted singers in country music history, he gains hits in five different decades, despite a lengthy battle with chemicals. He enters the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992
    Sep 14, 1931
    Songwriter Tommy Blake is born in Dallas, Texas. He writes Johnny Horton's 1957 single "The Woman I Need" and Jim Reeves' 1968 hit "That's When I See The Blues (In Your Pretty Brown Eyes)"
    Sep 21, 1931
    Actor Larry Hagman is born in Fort Worth, Texas. In his role as "Dallas" oilman J.R. Ewing, Hagman has a hand in the "Urban Cowboy" era of the early-1980s
    Nov 4, 1931
    Jimmie Rodgers is among the guests at comedian Will Rogers' 52nd birthday party, held at the Gunter Hotel in San Antonio
    Dec 16, 1931
    Record producer Shelby Singleton is born in Waskom, Texas. His credits include Leroy Van Dyke's "Walk On By," Ray Stevens' "Ahab, The Arab" and Jeannie C. Riley's "Harper Valley P.T.A."
    Jan 25, 1932
    Claude Gray is born in Henderson, Texas. Nicknamed "The Tall Texan," he records four hits during the 1960s, including the Willie Nelson-penned "Family Bible" and the Roger Miller-penned "My Ears Should Burn (When Fools Are Talked About)"

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