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  • Jan 5, 1952
    Johnnie & Jack give their last performance on The Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport before returning to Nashville to re-claim a spot on the Grand Ole Opry
    Jan 5, 1952
    Merle Travis is arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct in Los Angeles
    Jan 5, 1951
    Slim Whitman records his first hit, "Love Song Of The Waterfall," at the KWKH Studio in Shreveport, Louisiana. The label will bill him on the single as "Slim Whitman, The Smilin' Star Duster"
    Jan 5, 1947
    The Sons Of The Pioneers record "Cigareetes, Whusky And Wild Women," and take an unsuccessful swing at "Teardrops In My Heart," during an afternoon session at the RCA Victor Studio in Hollywood
    Jan 5, 1947
    Drummer and vocalist Larry Michael Lee is born in Springfield, Missouri. After a career with pop's Ozark Mountain Daredevils, he goes on to produce country hits for Alabama, Restless Heart and The Remingtons
    Jan 5, 1946
    Steel guitarist Doug Jernigan is born in Pensacola, Florida. A road warrior with Faron Young, Lorrie Morgan and David Houston, he plays on Johnny Paycheck's mid-'70s hit "Song And Dance Man"
    Jan 5, 1946
    Two singles tie for the top spot on the Billboard country singles chart: Tex Ritter's "You Will Have To Pay" and Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys' "White Cross On Okinawa"
    Jan 5, 1944
    Roy Rogers' horse, Trigger, is in the center of the plot with the silver-screen debut of "Hands Across The Border," also featuring The Sons Of The Pioneers
    Jan 5, 1940
    Bass player Athol Guy is born in Melbourne, Australia. He becomes a founding member of The Seekers, who record two pop hits destined to become country covers for Sonny James: "I'll Never Find Another You" and "A World Of Our Own"
    Jan 5, 1940
    "Saturday Night Live" writer Michael O'Donoghue is born in Sauquoit, New York. The Emmy-winner also pens Dolly Parton's 1982 country hit "Single Women"

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