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  • Nov 15, 1934
    Gene Autry makes his film debut as a signal-caller at a square dance for "In Old Santa Fe," starring Ken Maynard. The picture also features Smiley Burnette
    Nov 24, 1934
    Songwriter Bob Fletcher mails his original lyrics and melody for "Don't Fence Me In" to Cole Porter, who re-writes the melody and changes the lyrics. The song becomes a country hit for Gene Autry more than 10 years later
    Nov 26, 1934
    Decca releases The Sons Of The Pioneers' "Tumbling Tumbleweeds"
    Dec 1, 1934
    Gene Autry makes his second motion picture appearance, with a bit role behind Ken Maynard in "Mystery Mountain." Also on screen: Smiley Burnette
    Jan 7, 1935
    Six weeks after songwriter Bob Fletcher sent his original version of "Don't Fence Me In" to Cole Porter, Porter mails an altered version of the tune back to Fletcher for his approval. It becomes a country hit 10 years later for Gene Autry
    Jan 8, 1935
    Elvis Presley is born at home in East Tupelo, Mississippi. Before emerging as the "King of Rock & Roll," Presley makes inroads in country, where he returns during his latter years. He is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998
    Feb 23, 1935
    Gene Autry has his first starring movie role in the sci-fi western "The Phantom Empire." With Smiley Burnette co-starring, Autry finds a lost race equipped with laser guns living beneath his ranch. He sings "That Silver-Haired Daddy Of Mine"
    Mar 7, 1935
    The Sons Of The Pioneers sign a one-year recording contract with Decca. The group receives two cents for every two-sided single it sells
    May 6, 1935
    The Boris Karloff horror picture "Bride Of Frankenstein" debuts in theaters. It will be referenced in The Statler Brothers' 1977 country hit "The Movies"
    Jun 4, 1935
    Songwriter Betty Sue Perry is born. Writing for The Wilburn Brothers' Sure-Fire publishing company, she writes several of Loretta Lynn's early hits, including "Wine Women And Song," "Before I'm Over You" and "The Home You're Tearin' Down"

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