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  • Apr 5, 1903
    Tom Reeves marries Mary Adams in Panola County, Texas. The union produces a son named Jim Reeves
    Sep 8, 1903
    Milton Brown is born in Stephenville, Texas. Along with Bob Wills, he originates western swing, leading the Musical Brownies, which he forms in 1932
    Nov 1, 1903
    Don Robey, also known as Deadric Malone, is born in Houston, Texas. The founder of the R&B record labels Duke and Peacock, he writes "Share Your Love With Me," which becomes a 1981 country hit for Kenny Rogers; and "Pledging My Love," a 1984 Emmylou Harris title
    Dec 6, 1903
    Fiddler Hugh Farr is born in Llano, Texas. He joins the Sons Of The Pioneers, a western harmony act that enters the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980 on the strength of the classics "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" and "Cool Water"
    Nov 13, 1904
    Guitarist Herman Arnspiger is born in Van Alstyne, Texas. During his membership in the Texas Playboys from 1935-1940, he appears on such Bob Wills classics as "Right Or Wrong," "Maiden's Prayer," "Ida Red" and "New San Antonio Rose"
    Nov 30, 1904
    Piano player Fred "Papa" Calhoun is born in Chico, Texas. He joins the western swing band Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies, appearing on the formative hits "Right Or Wrong" and "Who's Sorry Now?"
    Jan 12, 1905
    Maurice "Tex" Ritter is born near Murvaul, Texas. A successful silver-screen cowboy, he builds a music career on top of his acting, with the theme to "High Noon" and several recitations. He joins the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1964
    Mar 6, 1905
    Bob Wills is born in Kosse, Texas. He becomes a leading figure in western swing, launching such material as "Stay A Little Longer," "Faded Love" and "San Antonio Rose." He joins the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
    Oct 30, 1906
    Vocalist Leon Huff is born in Whitesboro, Texas. Performing with Bob Wills' Texas Playboys in 1942, he contributes to such recordings as "Home In San Antone," "Let's Ride With Bob" and "You're From Texas"
    Jul 9, 1907
    Eddie Dean is born in Posey, Texas. The singing cowboy is a pioneering western film star. He also writes Jimmy Wakely's "One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart)" and Tex Ritter's "I Dreamed Of A Hill-billy Heaven"

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