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  • Jan 5, 1957
    Patsy Cline shows up late for her weekly TV appearance on Jimmy Dean's "Town And Country Jamboree" in Washington, D.C. Dean fires her
    Jan 5, 1956
    Patsy Cline records "I Cried All The Way To The Altar" at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio in Nashville. The track will be employed in the 2019 PBS series "Country Music: A Film By Ken Burns"
    Jan 5, 1954
    Verlon Thompson is born in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Briefly the lead singer for Restless Heart before the band becomes famous, Thompson writes Suzy Bogguss' "Cross My Broken Heart," Tracy Byrd's "The First Step," The McCarters' "Up And Gone" and Trisha Yearwood's "You Say You Will"
    Jan 5, 1953
    Decca releases Webb Pierce's two-sided single, "I'll Go On Alone" backed by "That's Me Without You"
    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"

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