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  • Dec 6, 1903
    Fiddler Hugh Farr is born in Llano, Texas. Along with brother Karl Farr, he joins the Sons Of The Pioneers, a western harmony act that enters the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980 on the strength of the classics "Tumblin' Tumbleweeds" and "Cool Water"
    Feb 18, 1904
    John Wills marries Emma Lee Foley. The couple has 10 children, four of whom are destined to become western-swing musicians: Bob Wills, Johnnie Lee Wills, Billy Jack Wills and Luke Wills
    Feb 27, 1904
    Bessie Burk is born. At age 20, she becomes the wife of Paul Trietsch, Hot Shot Hezzie in the WLS comedic troupe The Hoosier Hot Shots
    Jul 3, 1905
    Mandolin player Tommy Leffew is born. He becomes a member of The Fruit Jar Drinkers, a string band that joins the Grand Ole Opry in its early years and remains with the radio show until the 1970s
    Sep 17, 1905
    "Back In The Saddle Again" songwriter Ray Whitley's future wife, Kay, is born
    Jan 1, 1906
    Harry Nolan marries Flora Hussey. The union produces a son, Bob Nolan, who writes the western classics "Cool Water" and "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" as a member of The Sons Of The Pioneers
    Jun 6, 1906
    Asher Sizemore is born in Manchester, Kentucky. With his four-year-old son, he trots out a duo in the 1930s, Asher Sizemore & Little Jimmy, which becomes a major country act via the Grand Ole Opry
    Jun 22, 1906
    "Who's Sorry Now?" songwriter Ted Snyder marries French actress Hope Snyder
    Apr 21, 1907
    Banjo player Wade Mainer is born in Buncombe County, North Carolina. He performs in brother J.E. Mainer's band, The Mountaineers, eventually forming his own bluegrass-related band and playing at the White House for President Roosevelt
    Jul 1, 1908
    Alvino Rey, the King of the Swing Guitar, is born in Oakland, California. One of pop music's first electric guitarists, he backs Elvis Presley on "Can't Help Falling In Love" and marries The King Sisters' Louise King

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