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  • 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"
    Apr 23, 1942
    On his sixth birthday, Roy Orbison receives his first guitar. The first song he learns: "You Are My Sunshine"
    Apr 23, 1942
    "Gidget" actress Alexandra Zuck is born in Bayonne, New Jersey. She's referenced by her stage name, Sandra Dee, when Rodney Crowell writes Waylon Jennings' 1980 hit "I Ain't Living Long Like This"
    Apr 23, 1942
    The 17-minute western "Cactus Capers" appears in movie theaters. It features Ray Whitley and Spade Cooley
    Apr 23, 1940
    The Chuck Wagon Gang records "After The Sunrise" at the Burrus Mill Studio in Saginaw, Texas. The performance is recognized among country's 500 greatest singles in the Country Music Foundation book "Heartaches By The Number"
    Apr 23, 1938
    Western clothier Manuel is born in Coalcoman, Mexico. He designs stage clothing for Dwight Yoakam, Marty Stuart and Alan Jackson, among others
    Apr 23, 1938
    Mandolin player Roland White is born in Lewiston, Maine. He plays with Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and The Kentucky Colonels, in which he works with brother Clarence White, who spends time as a member of The Byrds

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