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  • May 21, 1944
    "Back In The Saddle Again" songwriter Ray Whitley performs songs written by former Gene Autry sideman Johnny Marvin as the B-western "Boss Of Boomtown" makes its debut in movie theaters
    May 21, 1943
    Bass player Robert "Tarp" Tarrant is born in Adel, Georgia. He becomes a member of Jerry Lee Lewis' band, where he gains a certain infamy. He's among three band members arrested for narcotics in 1965, and he does time for robbing a 7-11
    May 21, 1942
    Jim Reeves is the starting pitcher as the Carthage baseball team defeats Whitharral in the first round of the Texas state high school championship tournament
    May 21, 1937
    Louise King marries guitarist Alvino Rey. Not quite a decade later, The King Sisters end up on the country charts with a version of Merle Travis' "Divorce Me C.O.D."
    May 21, 1931
    Charlie Poole dies of a heart attack in North Carolina at age 39. The hard-living banjo player led The North Carolina Ramblers, who released a series of hits in a five-year recording career that began with Columbia in 1925
    May 21, 1921
    Songwriter, producer and label executive Henry Glover is born in Hot Springs, Arkansas. An African-American employee of King Records, he writes and/or produces Moon Mullican's "I'll Sail My Ship Alone" and The Delmore Brothers' "Blues Stay Away From Me" and "Freight Train Boogie"
    May 21, 1904
    Songwriter and pianist Thomas "Fats" Waller is born in New York City. He writes numerous Broadway show tunes, including "Ain't Misbehavin'," penned while in jail for non-payment of alimony. It becomes a country hit for Hank Williams Jr.

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