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1914: Ernest Tubb is born near Crisp, Texas. A 1965 inductee in the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry member forms a lengthy career with a rich baritone and ingratiating sincerity, recording his signature “Walking The Floor Over You” in 1941.  Tubb died on September 6, 1984.

1947: Joe Ely is born in Amarillo, Texas. Mixing country and rock, he becomes a fixture on the Texas red-dirt circuit. He also forms a side project, The Flatlanders, with fellow Texans Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore.

1959: Mercury Records released “White Lightning” by George Jones, which became the first #1 single of his career. In his 1997 autobiography, I Lived To Tell It All, Jones mentions the fact that the recording process of “White Lightning” was extremely lengthy after he arrived for the recording session under the influence of a great deal of alcohol and it took him approximately 80 takes just to record his vocals.

1975: Willie Nelson records “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain” at the Autumn Sound recording studio in Garland, Texas.

1991: Mark Chesnutt fills the #1 slot on the Billboard country singles chart for the first time with “Brother Jukebox.”

2014: On the 80th Anniversary of Bob Wills‘ first performance at the Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Historical Society and the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture announced plans to create a feature-length documentary about the life and music of Bob Wills. The documentary will be titled Still the King. Bob Wills: The Man. The Music.

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