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  • Mar 31, 1917
    Fiddler Joe Holley is born in Lone Camp, Texas. A prominent member of Bob Wills' Texas Playboys, he plays on such western-swing classics as "Stay A Little Longer," "Smoke On The Water" and "White Cross On Okinawa"
    Jun 15, 1917
    Songwriter Leon Payne is born in Alba, Texas. He pens Jim Reeves' "Blue Side Of Lonesome," Hank Williams' "Lost Highway" and his own recording of "I Love You Because," becoming a founding member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
    Sep 13, 1917
    Guitarist Wilson "Lefty" Perkins is born in Clarksville, Texas. After a stint with The Light Crust Doughboys, he performs as a member of Milton Brown's Musical Brownies, replacing Bob Dunn after the death of bandleader Milton Brown
    Oct 20, 1917
    Songwriter Jerry Irby is born in New Braunfels, Texas. His biggest success comes with "Drivin' Nails In My Coffin," a hit for both Ernest Tubb and Floyd Tillman. Irby also pens Bob Wills' "Keeper Of My Heart"
    Mar 22, 1918
    Songwriter Hoyle Nix is born in Azle, Texas. His chief claim to fame comes as the author of the western-swing classic "Big Ball's In Cowtown"
    Jul 20, 1918
    Songwriter Cindy Walker is born in Mart, Texas. She lands a spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame by writing such hits as Eddy Arnold's "You Don't Know Me," Webb Pierce's "I Don't Care" and Jim Reeves' "Distant Drums"
    Aug 31, 1918
    Songwriter Sam Nichols is born in Eula, Texas. He writes Ernest Tubb's 1948 single "That Wild And Wicked Look In Your Eye" and Hank Snow's 1955 hit "Yellow Roses"
    Feb 7, 1919
    Western-swing guitarist Cameron Hill is born in Rusk, Texas. As a member of Bob Wills' Texas Playboys, he plays on "Roly-Poly," "Stay A Little Longer" and "Texas Playboy Rag," among others
    Jun 24, 1919
    Songwriter Johnny Hathcock is born in Henderson, Texas. He writes Jim Reeves' "Welcome To My World" and Hank Thompson's "Wake Up, Irene"
    Dec 1, 1919
    Slim Willet is born in Victor, Texas. He writes "Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes," which becomes his only hit in 1952, alongside concurrent hit versions by Skeets McDonald, Ray Price and Red Foley

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