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  • May 10, 1895
    Carl T. Sprague is born near Alvin, Texas. In 1925, he records the first cowboy hit, "When The Work's All Done This Fall"
    Nov 22, 1898
    Aviator Wiley Post is born in Grand Saline, Texas. A record-setting pilot, he's named in Tex Ritter's 1961 recitation, "I Dreamed Of A Hill-billy Heaven," along with comedian Will Rogers, who perishes with Post in a plane crash
    Nov 23, 1899
    Barty Brown marries Annie Huxford in Stephenville, Texas. The union produces Milton Brown, whose work with The Light Crust Doughboys and his own Musical Brownies aids in the development of western swing
    Jun 24, 1900
    Pop vocalist Gene Austin is born in Gainesville, Texas. The most popular singer preceding the Great Depression, he earns a 1928 hit with "Ramona," which Billy Walker remakes as a country hit in 1968
    Jun 27, 1900
    Bass player Milt Mabie is born in Midland, Texas. He marries the leader of Louise Massey & The Westerners, grabbing five crossover hits during the 1930s and '40s
    Feb 15, 1901
    Blues singer James "Kokomo" Arnold is born in Lovejoy, Texas. He writes and records the original version of "Milk Cow Blues," a 1941 hit for Johnnie Lee Wills
    Feb 8, 1902
    Record producer Harold W. "Pappy" Daily is born in Yoakum, Texas. A co-founder of Starday Records, he produces all of George Jones' records from 1953-1971
    May 4, 1902
    Al Dexter is born in Troup, Texas. Mixing honky-tonk country and western swing in his recordings, his million-selling "Pistol Packin' Mama" becomes a country classic, making him one of country's biggest stars of the 1940s
    Aug 10, 1902
    Victoria Louise Massey is born in Midland, Texas. She leads the western-tinged Louise Massey & The Westerners to a handful of crossover hits in the 1930s and '40s
    Aug 23, 1902
    Lee Davis Wilds is born in Betton, Texas. He takes the part of Honey in the blackface comedy duo Jamup & Honey, which maintains Grand Ole Opry membership during much of the 1930s and '40s

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