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  • May 20, 1946
    Nancy Clark is born in Mercer, Pennsylvania. As an adult, she ultimately becomes the mother of rock singer/songwriter Trent Reznor, who writes Johnny Cash's "Hurt"
    May 20, 1944
    One week after a mammoth table saw accident, Johnny Cash's older brother, Jack, dies in Dyess, Arkansas. The funeral comes one day later, and the next, the Cash family is back in the fields, picking cotton for 10 hours
    May 20, 1940
    Tex Ritter plays Tex Wright as "Pals Of The Silver Sage" debuts in movie theaters
    May 20, 1940
    The Los Angeles Times reports that Gene Autry and rival silver-screen cowboy Roy Rogers "have puffed the peace pipe." Their feud, however, is strictly a publicity gimmick instituted by Republic Pictures
    May 20, 1940
    R&B performer Frederick "Shorty" Long is born in Birmingham, Alabama. He plays piano on a number of Elvis Presley recordings, including the session in which the King records "Don't Be Cruel" and "Hound Dog"
    May 20, 1938
    Filming begins for the Gene Autry movie "Gold Mine In The Sky" with Smiley Burnette and Pee Wee King & His Golden Cowboys
    May 20, 1933
    Jimmie Rodgers records "Old Pal Of My Heart" and "The Yodeling Ranger" at the Victor Studios in New York during what amounts to his final week of recording. Suffering from tuberculosis, he sings from an easy chair, bolstered by pillows
    May 20, 1932
    Victor releases Jimmie Rodgers' "My Time Ain't Long" and "Ninety-Nine Year Blues"
    May 20, 1927
    Rhymes with "Thomas Edison": Actor David Hedison is born in Providence, Rhode Island. Known for his work in "Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea," "Live And Let Die" and "The Greatest Story Ever Told," Hedison is referenced in The Statler Brothers' 1977 country hit "The Movies"
    May 20, 1926
    Vic Urick is born in Malden, Massachusetts. Billed as The Ames Brothers, Vic Ames and three siblings become a significant pop vocal group. Their 1956 release "It Only Hurts For A Little While" is re-constructed by Margo Smith for country fans in 1978

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