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  • Feb 26, 1926
    Bob Wills' brother, Billy Jack Wills, is born in Hall County, Texas. He serves as principal vocalist of The Texas Playboys in the late-1940s, and writes the lyrics to the western-swing classic "Faded Love"
    Mar 13, 1926
    Maybelle Addington marries Ezra Carter. As a member of The Carter Family, she helps shape country harmony singing and ends up in the Country Music Hall of Fame
    May 2, 1926
    Ernest Stoneman writes to Thomas Edison in an effort to expand his recording presence. He subsequently records for both Edison Records and Okeh, which has already issued a number of his performances
    Sep 16, 1926
    Janelle Zachry is born. Following her marriage to Marion Bandy, the couple's kids will include a future country singer, Moe Bandy
    Nov 6, 1926
    Jackie Smith is born. After her marriage to Clark McEntire in 1950, her children will include two country hitmakers: Reba McEntire and Pake McEntire
    Nov 21, 1926
    "The House Without A Key" debuts in theaters. Based on a book by Earl Derr Biggers, it introduces the mystery-solving character Charlie Chan, who receives a mention in The Statler Brothers' 1977 country hit "The Movies"
    Dec 25, 1926
    Vaudevillian Kenny Trietsch and his wife, Ruth, have a daughter, Gloria Joan Trietsch. Within seven years, he becomes a member of the comedic country quartet, The Hoosier Hot Shots
    Dec 29, 1926
    A front-page story in Variety magazine titled "Hill-Billy Music" thumbs its nose at fans of the burgeoning country genre. The piece portrays the audience as "poor white trash" who are "illiterate and ignorant, with the intelligence of morons"
    Apr 11, 1927
    Willis Tippin is born. A World War II fighter pilot, he parents a country singer, 1990s hitmaker Aaron Tippin
    May 8, 1927
    Ned Jakobs records "Are You Lonesome Tonight," the first time the future Elvis Presley hit is cut

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