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  • Jan 1, 1953
    Hank Williams is pronounced dead at Oak Hill General Hospital in Oak Hill, West Virginia, after passing away in the back seat of a Cadillac, en route to a show in Canton, Ohio. Many believe he died from a mix of alcohol and morphine. He will become one of the three inaugural members of the Country Music Hall of Fame
    Jan 1, 1953
    Marvin Rainwater writes "Heart's Hall Of Fame." The next day, it becomes the first song he records
    Jan 1, 1953
    Justin Tubb attends the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, where the Texas Longhorns shut out the Tennessee Volunteers, 16-0
    Jan 2, 1953
    Marvin Rainwater holds his first recording session, cutting his debut single, "Heart's Hall Of Fame," at the Ben Adelman Studio in Washington, D.C. The backing band includes Roy Clark on guitar
    Jan 4, 1953
    Hank Williams' funeral draws more than 20,000 people in Montgomery, Alabama. A country choir led by Webb Pierce, Red Foley, Little Jimmy Dickens and Carl Smith performs "I Saw The Light." Ernest Tubb offers "Beyond The Sunset"
    Jan 5, 1953
    Decca releases Webb Pierce's two-sided single, "I'll Go On Alone" backed by "That's Me Without You"
    Jan 6, 1953
    Catherine Yvonne Stone is born in Montgomery, Alabama. In a protracted legal dispute as an adult, she proves she's the daughter of Hank Williams, by Bobbie W. Jett. She subsequently uses the stage name Jett Williams
    Jan 6, 1953
    Songwriter/guitarist Malcolm Young is born in Glasgow, Scotland. He becomes a founding member of the hard-rock band AC/DC, referenced in Craig Morgan's 2009 country hit "Bonfire"
    Jan 7, 1953
    Elvis Presley's family moves out of the Lauderdale Courts in Memphis. Vernon Presley's income has risen to more than $4,000 annually, $1,500 above the limit to live in the public housing project
    Jan 7, 1953
    Keyboard player Earl "Wire" Lindo is born in Kingston, Jamaica. As a member of the reggae band The Wailers, he takes part in the 2008 Kenny Chesney recording "Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven"

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