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  • Oct 1, 1953
    Hugh Hefner founds Playboy magazine in Chicago. Two decades later, he establishes Playboy Records, generating hits for Mickey Gilley, Bobby Borchers and Playboy model Barbi Benton
    Oct 1, 1953
    Kitty Wells and Red Foley record "One By One" in an afternoon session at the Castle Studio in Nashville
    Oct 1, 1953
    The Alan Ladd western "Shane" debuts in theaters. The picture will be referenced in The Statler Brothers' 1977 country hit "The Movies"
    Oct 7, 1953
    Drummer Tico Torres is born in New Jersey. He earns acclaim as a member of the rock band Bon Jovi, which nets a country hit in 2006 with "Who Says You Can't Go Home," featuring Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles
    Oct 8, 1953
    Ricky Lee Phelps is born in Paragould, Arkansas. He sings lead for The Kentucky HeadHunters, twice named Vocal Group of the Year by the Country Music Association, before leaving the band in 1992 to form Brother Phelps
    Oct 8, 1953
    Anthony Kenney is born in Glasgow, Kentucky. He takes over as the bass player for The Kentucky HeadHunters when Doug Phelps and Ricky Lee Phelps leave to form their own duo in 1992
    Oct 8, 1953
    Already married to his second wife, Jerry Lee Lewis divorces his first wife, Dorothy, in Monroe, Louisiana
    Oct 8, 1953
    Pop singer Cathy Carson is born. She makes up one-third of Hot, whose 1977 hit "Angel In Your Arms" is remade as a country single in 1985 by Barbara Mandrell
    Oct 11, 1953
    Paulette Carlson is born in Northfield, Minnesota. She becomes the sassy lead vocalist for Highway 101, essential on such hits as "The Bed You Made For Me," "Somewhere Tonight" and "Cry, Cry, Cry"
    Oct 12, 1953
    Decca releases Ernest Tubb's "Divorce Granted"

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