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  • Oct 20, 1924
    Dance band leader Francis Craig marries Elizabeth Gewin at her parents' home in Birmingham, Alabama. He goes on to write the 1947 pop hit "Near You," the last song George Jones & Tammy Wynette record together during their marriage
    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"
    Oct 20, 1913
    Banjo-playing comic Louis Marshall Jones is born in Niagara, Kentucky. Under the stage name Grandpa Jones, he amasses 50 years as a Grand Ole Opry member and becomes a longtime cast member on the satirical TV show "Hee Haw"
    Oct 20, 1908
    Stuart Hamblen is born in Kellyville, Texas. Recording country and gospel songs, he becomes a pioneering western singer on Los Angeles radio. With a career stretching from 1925 to the 1970s, his most familiar legacy is the hymn "It Is No Secret"

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