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2006 – Freddy Fender the Mexican-American Tejano, country and rock and roll musician died aged 69. Best known for his work as a solo artist and in the groups Los Super Seven and the Texas Tornados, He is best known for his 1975 hits “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” and the subsequent remake of his own “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights.”

1989 – Clint Black reaps a #1 country single in Billboard magazine with “Killin’ Time.”

1984 – The movie “Songwriter” directed by Alan Rudolph, and starring Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson was released. The film a satirical comedy, is loosely based on Willie Nelson’s own life and and finances, (his song “Night Life” for example, which he sold in 1961 for $150, went on to be recorded by over 70 artists and sold more than 30 million copies).

1974 – The Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines is born in Lubbock, Texas. Her feisty lead vocals provide a base for the trio, one of country’s biggest acts from 1997-2003, until her comment about the president derails the band’s mainstream standing.

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