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  • Nov 4, 1934
    Fiddler Kenneth "Little Red" Hayes is born in Garden Valley, Texas. He plays on country hits by Jim Reeves and Hank Thompson and tours behind Ray Price, George Jones and Mel Tillis
    Nov 13, 1934
    The Hoosier Hot Shots hold their first recording session at the Furniture Mart Building in Chicago, Illinois
    Nov 15, 1934
    Gene Autry makes his film debut as a signal-caller at a square dance for "In Old Santa Fe," starring Ken Maynard. The picture also features Smiley Burnette
    Nov 19, 1934
    Banjo player Dave Guard is born in San Francisco. He becomes a member of The Kingston Trio, a folk group that wins the first country Grammy award, presented for the single "Tom Dooley"
    Nov 21, 1934
    Jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald makes her stage debut at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Ten years later, she appears on an early version of what will become the Billboard country charts with "When My Sugar Walks Down The Street"
    Nov 24, 1934
    Songwriter Bob Fletcher mails his original lyrics and melody for "Don't Fence Me In" to Cole Porter, who re-writes the melody and changes the lyrics. The song becomes a country hit for Gene Autry more than 10 years later
    Nov 26, 1934
    Decca releases The Sons Of The Pioneers' "Tumbling Tumbleweeds"
    Nov 27, 1934
    James Everett Ritter, the father of Tex Ritter, dies in Nederland, Texas
    Nov 28, 1934
    The comedy team of Sarie & Sally appears on WSM Radio for the first time. Within weeks, they are regular members of the station's Grand Ole Opry lineup
    Nov 30, 1934
    Pop songwriter Roy Turk dies of pneumonia in Hollywood. His song "Are You Lonesome To-night?" is destined to become an Elvis Presley classic, while Turk's "I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)" is covered by Marty Robbins

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