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  • Oct 20, 1958
    Jay Perkins dies from a brain tumor, with his brother, Carl Perkins, holding his hand. Jay played guitar along with Carl on "Blue Suede Shoes"
    Oct 20, 1958
    Capitol releases Tennessee Ernie Ford's Christmas album "The Star Carol"
    Oct 20, 1958
    Ray Price's "City Lights" becomes the first song written by Bill Anderson to hit #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
    Oct 20, 1956
    Fiddler Benny Martin makes his first solo appearance on the Grand Ole Opry
    Oct 20, 1953
    Rocker Tom Petty is born in Gainesville, Florida. He writes "Thing About You," by Southern Pacific; "Never Be You," by Rosanne Cash; and "You Got It," by Roy Orbison. He also appears on Hank Williams Jr.'s "Mind Your Own Business"
    Oct 20, 1953
    Roy Acuff closes a one-month USO tour of the Pacific, where he performed for soldiers in Korea and Japan, among other locations. Moon Mullican also took part as a member of Acuff's Smoky Mountain Boys
    Oct 20, 1953
    Songwriter Fred Ahlert dies in New York City. His song "I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)" has already been a hit for Kate Smith, Tommy Dorsey and The Andrews Sisters, among others, and is destined to score in country for Marty Robbins in 1977
    Oct 20, 1952
    Decca releases Red Foley's "Midnight"
    Oct 20, 1952
    "South Pacific Trail" appears in movie theaters, with Rex Allen, Slim Pickens and The Republic Rhythm Riders, including woodwind player Darol Rice
    Oct 20, 1952
    Capitol releases Sonny James' first hit, "That's Me Without You"

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