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  • Jan 1, 1935
    Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys perform at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa for the first time. Later that year, they begin appearing twice weekly at the club, where they remain regulars for eight years
    Jan 6, 1935
    Gene Autry records "Ole Faithful" in New York
    Jan 7, 1935
    Six weeks after songwriter Bob Fletcher sent his original version of "Don't Fence Me In" to Cole Porter, Porter mails an altered version of the tune back to Fletcher for his approval. It becomes a country hit 10 years later for Gene Autry
    Jan 8, 1935
    Elvis Presley is born at home in East Tupelo, Mississippi. Before emerging as the "King of Rock & Roll," Presley makes inroads in country, where he returns during his latter years. He is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998
    Jan 9, 1935
    Elvis Presley's stillborn twin brother, Jesse Presley, is buried in a cardboard box in Tupelo, Mississippi, a day after their birth
    Jan 11, 1935
    Gene Autry records "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" in New York City. The track is the title song for an Autry cowboy flick that debuts in September
    Jan 16, 1935
    Nashville's Francis Craig leads his orchestra at the inaugural ball for Tennessee governor Hill McAlister. Craig goes on to write and record the 1947 pop hit "Near You," which becomes a 1977 country hit for George Jones & Tammy Wynette
    Jan 16, 1935
    Jessie West is born in Herrin, Illinois. One of her two sons, David Lee Murphy, becomes a country star in the 1990s
    Jan 19, 1935
    Charlie Waller is born in Jointerville, Texas. He becomes a founding member of the Country Gentlemen, a significant bluegrass group that goes on to include Ricky Skaggs and Keith Whitley among its members
    Jan 21, 1935
    Tex Ritter has his first Decca Records recording session at the firm's New York studio

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