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  • Oct 20, 1951
    Hank Williams signs a movie deal with MGM Pictures
    Oct 20, 1950
    Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs hold their final session for Mercury Records, at the WDAE Studio in Tampa, Florida, recording "Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms"
    Oct 20, 1945
    Roy Rogers sings the Cole Porter-penned title song with the movie debut of "Don't Fence Me In." Dale Evans, Trigger and The Sons Of The Pioneers are also featured
    Oct 20, 1945
    The Johnny Mack Brown western "The Lost Trail" opens in movie houses. Walter Shrum and his Colorado Hillbillies, riding their current hit "Triflin' Gal," are also featured in the film
    Oct 20, 1943
    A nominating petition is mailed to Tennessee's Democratic chairman, Russell Kramer, requesting that Roy Acuff's name be placed on the ballot in August in the state's primary for governor
    Oct 20, 1937
    Wanda Jackson is born in Maud, Oklahoma. Veering between country and rockabilly, she appears on both the pop and country charts in the 1950s and '60s, making waves with "Right Or Wrong," "Let's Have A Party" and "In The Middle Of A Heartache"
    Oct 20, 1936
    Seth Joplin marries Dorothy East in Port Arthur, Texas. They have a daughter, Janis Joplin, whose version of "Me And Bobby McGee" is recognized among country's 500 greatest singles in the Country Music Foundation book "Heartaches By The Number"
    Oct 20, 1933
    Victor releases Jimmie Rodgers' "Old Love Letters" and "Somewhere Down Below The Mason Dixon Line"
    Oct 20, 1928
    Jimmie Rodgers records "Blue Yodel No. 4 (California Blues)" and "My Carolina Sunshine Girl" in Atlanta, Georgia
    Oct 20, 1925
    Producer/engineer Tom Dowd is born in New York City. Noted for his work with Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin and Lynyrd Skynyrd, he also produces Dusty Springfield's "Son-Of-A-Preacher Man," ranked in a Country Music Foundation book as one of country's 500 greatest singles

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