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  • May 18, 1959
    Kitty Wells and Webb Pierce record "Finally"
    May 18, 1959
    The Crickets record the original version of "I Fought The Law," written by group member Sonny Curtis. It's destined to become a country hit for Hank Williams Jr. almost 20 years later
    May 18, 1959
    A history lesson makes history as Johnny Horton's recording of "The Battle Of New Orleans" goes to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
    May 18, 1957
    Rusty & Doug, the Kershaw brothers' Cajun act, debuts on the Grand Ole Opry
    May 18, 1953
    Bonnie Lou records "Tennessee Wig Walk" in Cincinnati
    May 18, 1952
    George Strait is born in Poteet, Texas. The authentic cowboy becomes a voice for traditional country beginning in 1981, accruing more than 25 gold albums and membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame
    May 18, 1951
    The movie "Inside The Walls Of Folsom Prison" makes its debut in American theaters. The picture inspires Johnny Cash to write "Folsom Prison Blues"
    May 18, 1951
    The comedic picture "Kentucky Jubilee" appears in movie theaters. The film includes appearances by "Atomic Power" songwriter Fred Kirby and steel guitar player Les "Carrot Top" Anderson
    May 18, 1950

    Songwriter Tom Shapiro is born in Kansas City, Missouri. Among more than 50 hits, he authors Brooks & Dunn's "Ain't Nothing 'Bout You," Neal McCoy's "Wink," Keith Urban's "You Look Good In My Shirt" and George Strait's "Living And Living Well"

    May 18, 1949
    Earl Scruggs' first son, Gary Scruggs, is born in Knoxville

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