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  • Jan 1, 1955
    Colonel Tom Parker becomes Hank Snow's manager
    Jan 1, 1955
    Elvis Presley's second management contract, with Bob Neal, goes into effect. Neal will receive 15% of Presley's earnings, plus 10% for promotional expenses
    Jan 1, 1955
    British conglomerate EMI takes a controlling interest in Capitol Records, whose roster has included--or will include--Tennessee Ernie Ford, Garth Brooks, Merle Haggard, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban and Buck Owens, among others
    Jan 1, 1955
    Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs move to Nashville to make regular appearances on WSM's radio and television stations, and the Grand Ole Opry
    Jan 1, 1955
    Jim Reeves rings in the new year with American soldiers in Stuttgart, Germany, during a USO tour of Europe
    Jan 2, 1955
    Columbia Records presents Gene Autry a plaque honoring his 25-year association with the label during the singer's "Melody Ranch" on CBS Radio
    Jan 3, 1955
    Jim Reeves' 18-day USO tour of Europe comes to an end
    Jan 3, 1955
    Capitol releases Tommy Collins' "Untied"
    Jan 3, 1955
    Bass player Corky Holbrook is born in Ashland, Kentucky. He plays on Billy Ray Cyrus' hits, including "Achy Breaky Heart," "Could've Been Me" and "Some Gave All"
    Jan 4, 1955
    Kathy Forester, of The Forester Sisters, is born in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. The Foresters emerge as a rare all-female harmony group in 1985, and the quartet scores 15 hits in the next six years

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