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  • 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"
    Jan 5, 1944
    Roy Rogers' horse, Trigger, is in the center of the plot with the silver-screen debut of "Hands Across The Border," also featuring The Sons Of The Pioneers
    Jan 5, 1940
    "Saturday Night Live" writer Michael O'Donoghue is born in Sauquoit, New York. The Emmy-winner also pens Dolly Parton's 1982 country hit "Single Women"
    Jan 5, 1940
    Bass player Athol Guy is born in Melbourne, Australia. He becomes a founding member of The Seekers, who record two pop hits destined to become country covers for Sonny James: "I'll Never Find Another You" and "A World Of Our Own"
    Jan 5, 1938
    Bing Crosby and Dixie Lee give birth to their fourth son, Lindsay Crosby, in California. Bing goes on to earn a country hit six years later with a duet version of "Pistol Packin' Mama," recorded with The Andrews Sisters
    Jan 5, 1932
    R&B singer Johnny Adams is born in New Orleans. He earns a hit in 1969 with "Reconsider Me," remade six years later for country fans by Narvel Felts
    Jan 5, 1931
    "Green Grow The Lilacs" opens for one week at the Garrick Theater in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, featuring future country star Tex Ritter
    Jan 5, 1923
    Big Bill Lister is born in Kenedy, Texas. A friend of Hank Williams, he records the first commercial version of "There's A Tear In My Beer" and eventually gives Williams' demo to Hank Williams Jr., who turns it into a duet hit
    Jan 5, 1923
    Sun Records founder Sam Phillips is born in Florence, Alabama. He signs and produces such acts as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis, entering the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001
    Jan 5, 1922
    Erma Louise Swope is born in Beggs, Oklahoma. Her son, John Deutschendorf Jr., rises to fame under the stage name John Denver

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