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  • Jul 22, 1947
    Drummer/vocalist Don Henley is born in Gilmer, Texas. A founding member of The Eagles, Henley watches his songs become country hits for Johnny Rodriguez and Conway Twitty. He also adds supporting vocals to Trisha Yearwood's "Walkaway Joe"
    Jul 22, 1947
    Guitarist Terry Clements is born in Detroit. A longtime member of Gordon Lightfoot's band, he plays on the 1974 million-seller "Sundown"
    Jul 22, 1945
    Lula Grace Johnson marries Mearle Wood at the Church of Christ in West Plains, Missouri. Some 15 years later, she realizes her first country hit under the professional name Jan Howard
    Jul 22, 1944
    Estelle Bennett is born in New York. With sister Veronica and cousin Nedra Talley, she forms The Ronettes, whose 1963 pop hit "Be My Baby" is covered in the country charts by Jody Miller in 1972
    Jul 22, 1944
    Fredric March portrays a classic American writer with the opening of the biopic "The Adventures Of Mark Twain." Former Grand Ole Opry member Lee "Lasses" White has a minor part
    Jul 22, 1943
    Jim Reeves is one of nine players suspended by the D-level Jamestown, New York, baseball team. In the aftermath, Reeves finds work installing machine guns on B-17 bombers for Lockheed
    Jul 22, 1939
    Barely a month since his fourth divorce, Bob Wills marries his fifth wife, 16-year-old Mary Louise Parker
    Jul 22, 1939
    Gene Autry Day is observed at the New York World's Fair
    Jul 22, 1937
    R&B singer Chuck Jackson is born in Latta, South Carolina. His biggest hit comes with his 1962 recording of "Any Day Now," salvaged for the country charts 20 years later by Ronnie Milsap
    Jul 22, 1924
    Margaret Whiting is born in Detroit, Michigan. A successful pop singer, she records a series of country duets with Jimmy Wakely that find favor from 1949-1951, particularly the cheatin' classic "Slipping Around"

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