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  • Oct 2, 1941
    Bill Monroe records "Orange Blossom Special" at Atlanta's Kimball Hotel with Blue Grass Boy Art Wooten centerstage on fiddle. The session also includes Monroe's first recording of "In The Pines"
    Oct 3, 1941
    Pop singer Chubby Checker is born with the given name Ernest Evans, in Andrews, South Carolina. He becomes a major star in the early-1960s with "The Twist" and "Let's Twist Again." His 1990s country foray, "Texas Twist," is mostly ignored
    Oct 3, 1941
    Pop record producer Lenny Waronker is born in Los Angeles. Known for his work with such acts as The Doobie Brothers, Rickie Lee Jones and Joni Mitchell, he produces Gordon Lightfoot's country crossover hit "Sundown"
    Oct 4, 1941
    Songwriter Jimmy Work marries Ruth Coltharp. He authors Red Foley's "Tennessee Border" and "Making Believe," associated with Kitty Wells and with Emmylou Harris
    Oct 5, 1941
    Tenor Wally Lester is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a member of the 1950s doo-wop group The Skyliners, he's credited as a co-writer on "Since I Don't Have You," which becomes a country hit for Ronnie Milsap in 1991
    Oct 10, 1941
    Ray Whitley stars in the western movie "The Bandit Trail," with support from Grand Ole Opry star Lee "Lasses" White and songwriter Fred Rose
    Oct 13, 1941
    Pop singer/songwriter Paul Simon is born in Newark, New Jersey. Known as one-half of Simon & Garfunkel, his "Bridge Over Troubled Water" is remade as a country hit by Buck Owens, while Emmylou Harris covers "The Boxer"
    Oct 14, 1941
    The Carter Family conducts its final recording session in New York City, cutting "Why Do You Cry, Little Darling?" and "Lonesome Homesick Blues." It will be used in the 2019 PBS series "Country Music: A Film By Ken Burns"
    Oct 15, 1941
    Gene Autry and Smiley Burnette star as "Down Mexico Way" debuts at movie theaters with Autry singing "South Of The Border (Down Mexico Way)." Also appearing on screen: Eddie Dean and Texas Jim Lewis
    Oct 16, 1941
    Tex Ritter plays Tex Rawlings in the debut of "Roaring Frontiers"

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