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  • May 18, 1948
    Joe Bonsall is born in Philadelphia. In 1973, the ex-gang member becomes a tenor singer in the gospel quartet The Oak Ridge Boys, who soon shift into country music, using him as a lead voice on such hits as "Elvira," "Bobbie Sue" and "Love Song." The Oaks join the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015
    May 18, 1947
    Eddy Arnold records "Bouquet Of Roses," "What A Fool I Was" and "I'll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms)" at RCA's Chicago Studios
    May 18, 1947
    Lonzo & Oscar hold their first recording session, for RCA Victor, in Chicago. Among the four songs they record is "My Adobe Hacienda"
    May 18, 1947
    "Rhinestone Cowboy" producer Dennis Lambert is born in New York City. He writes Glen Campbell's "Rhinestone" follow-up, "Country Boy (You Got Your Feet In L.A.)," and The Oak Ridge Boys' "Dream On"
    May 18, 1946
    Little David Wilkins is born in Parsons, Tennessee. He earns two minor country hits in 1975: "Whoever Turned You On, Forgot To Turn You Off" and "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show." He also writes Conway Twitty's "Georgia Keeps Pulling On My Ring"
    May 18, 1946
    Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys take "New Spanish Two-Step" to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart, a position they will occupy for 16 of the next 17 weeks
    May 18, 1944
    "Riding West," the second movie to feature Ernest Tubb, debuts
    May 18, 1944
    Pee Wee and Lydia King have twins, Larry and Gene King
    May 18, 1942
    Rodney Dillard is born in East St. Louis, Illinois. He plays guitar for The Dillards, a bluegrass group that influences The Eagles and gains prominence in its role as The Darlings on "The Andy Griffith Show"
    May 18, 1942
    Pop artist Albert Hammond is born in London, England. Raised in Spain, he gains his biggest hit as an artist with "It Never Rains In Southern California," but also co-writes the Julio Iglesias & Willie Nelson hit "To All The Girls I've Loved Before"

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