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  • Dec 11, 1939
    David Gates is born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The lead singer of the pop band Bread, he arranges Merle Haggard's hit "Sing Me Back Home" and produces an album for Billy Dean. Joe Stampley remakes Gates' song "Everything I Own" as a country hit
    Dec 11, 1936
    "Banjo On My Knee," starring Barbara Stanwyck, Walter Brennan and Buddy Ebsen, debuts in theaters. It includes a bit role for guitarist Floyd "Salty" Holmes, who played the previous year on Patsy Montana's "I Wanna Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart"
    Dec 11, 1935
    "The Singing Vagabond" debuts in movie theaters with Gene Autry starring as a hero trying to save a kidnapped woman. Also appearing is sidekick Smiley Burnette
    Dec 11, 1935
    Steel player Tom Brumley is born in Powell, Missouri. He becomes a longtime member of Buck Owens' Buckaroos, appearing on such classics as "Together Again," "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail" and "Buckaroo." He also plays on hits by Rick Nelson and Dwight Yoakam
    Dec 11, 1934
    The Carter Family holds its final recording session for Victor Records at the Victor Studio in Camden, New Jersey
    Dec 11, 1930
    Nineteen months after Eddy Arnold's father died, the family's property is bought at auction in Jackson, Tennessee, by Obe and M.B. Latham, who re-sell it eight days later to Allan Arnold, Eddy's half-brother
    Dec 11, 1926
    Blues singer Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton is born in Montgomery, Alabama. She scores an R&B hit with "Hound Dog," which later becomes a massive pop and country hit for Elvis Presley
    Dec 11, 1915
    Dorothy Goad is born in Mount Carmel, Illinois. Under the name Dolly Good, she joins with sister Millie to form The Girls Of The Golden West, the first nationally recognized all-female act in country history, peaking in the 1930s
    Dec 11, 1914
    Dobro player Clell Summey is born near Sevierville, Tennessee. Under the stage name Cousin Jody, he becomes a key member of Roy Acuff's Smoky Mountain Boys and is credited as the first person to play a Dobro on the Grand Ole Opry
    Dec 11, 1909
    Songwriter Arthur Q. Smith is born in Griffin, Georgia. He writes Ernest Tubb's "Missing In Action" and Ricky Skaggs' "I Wouldn't Change You If I Could"

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