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  • 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
    Sep 6, 1945
    The Los Angeles Times reports Gene Autry has returned to California at the close of a USO tour that saw him perform for more than a million G.I.s in the Pacific theater
    Apr 13, 1956
    The Los Angeles Times reports Spade Cooley has suffered a minor heart attack. He's expected to be back on KTLA-TV for "The Spade Cooley Show" the following evening
    Jun 12, 1959
    After a decade on the local airwaves, "The Spade Cooley Show" appears in the KTLA schedule in The Los Angeles Times TV listings for the last time. During part of its run, the show was called "The Hoffman Hayride." Its theme song: "Shame On You"
    May 27, 1962
    The Los Angeles Times reports Gene Autry and his Golden West Broadcasters have purchased Portland radio station KEX
    Sep 14, 1969
    A television critic for The Los Angeles Times calls "Hee Haw" "the most irrelevant, stupid and ghastly program in recent history." Hosted by Roy Clark and Buck Owens, it's destined to remain on the air for more than two decades
    Nov 24, 1969
    The Los Angeles Times reports MGM has named 24-year-old Mike Curb president of the label. During his tenure, the company will find success with Marie Osmond and Hank Williams Jr.
    Jan 6, 1972
    The Los Angeles Times reports Barbi Benton is joining the cast of "Hee Haw"
    Jul 11, 1973
    Don Everly tells a Los Angeles Times reporter backstage at Knott's Berry Farm in Anaheim that "it's over." The Everly Brothers will call it quits three days later
    Oct 19, 1973
    The agency is located out west, but the "western" is out of the name: The Los Angeles Times reports the Academy of Country & Western Music has voted to rename the organization the Academy of Country Music

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