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  • Apr 23, 1956
    Elvis Presley makes his Las Vegas debut, with Shecky Green and the Freddy Martin Orchestra, at the New Frontier Hotel. Reaction is so negative, his four-week booking ends after two weeks
    Apr 23, 1956
    Carl and Valda Perkins have their third child, Stephen Allen, while Carl is on tour in San Antonio, Texas
    Apr 23, 1955
    Justin Tubb joins "Ozark Jubilee" host Red Foley on the ABC series
    Apr 23, 1954
    The Pickin' And Singin' News reports Red Foley has moved from Nashville to Springfield, Missouri, where he is signed for several radio shows. Within months, he begins hosting "The Ozark Jubilee" on radio
    Apr 23, 1953
    Elvis Presley makes his first record, an acetate recording of "My Happiness," at Sun Recording Studio in Memphis
    Apr 23, 1953
    Pop songwriter Peter DeRose dies in New York. He authored Ted Lewis' 1933 hit "Have You Ever Been Lonely (Have You Ever Been Blue)," which is re-configured as a 1981 country duet for two artists after their deaths: Jim Reeves and Patsy Cline
    Apr 23, 1952
    Hank Williams makes his second appearance on NBC-TV's "The Kate Smith Hour," performing "Cold, Cold Heart"
    Apr 23, 1952
    Pop keyboard player Jay Gruska is born in New York City. He writes "Both To Each Other (Friends & Lovers)," a 1986 country hit for Eddie Rabbitt & Juice Newton at the same time it's a pop hit for Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson
    Apr 23, 1951
    Decca releases Red Foley and Ernest Tubb's "The Strange Little Girl"
    Apr 23, 1947
    Songwriter Kent Robbins is born in Mayfield, Kentucky. Among his credits: George Strait's "Write This Down," The Judds' "Love Is Alive," John Anderson's "Straight Tequila Night," Trace Adkins' "Every Light In The House" and Gary Allan's "Her Man"

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