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  • Dec 3, 1948
    Guitarist Dick Reinhart dies of a heart attack in Fort Worth. A member of Jimmy Wakely's Rough Riders, he played frequently in western movies and appeared on hits by Johnny Bond and Gene Autry
    Dec 3, 1948
    Heavy metal artist Ozzy Osbourne is born in Birmingham, England. The Black Sabbath icon records a solo anthem, "Crazy Train," which gets mentioned in Dierks Bentley's 2012 hit "5-1-5-0"
    Dec 4, 1948
    NBC-TV debuts "Saturday Night Jubilee," a New York-based country music show hosted by Elton Britt
    Dec 6, 1948
    Swing-band leader Dick Jurgens marries Miriam Davidson, less than two years after he earned his only country hit, "(Oh Why, Oh Why, Did I Ever Leave) Wyoming"
    Dec 7, 1948
    "The Cradle Will Rock" closes at the Broadway Theatre in New York after a run of 11 months on the Great White Way. The cast includes Cisco Houston, co-writer of Roy Hogsed's recent country hit "Cocaine Blues"
    Dec 7, 1948
    Gary Morris is born in Fort Worth, Texas. A considerably talented singer, he piles up a string of hits that includes "The Wind Beneath My Wings" and "Baby Bye Bye" beginning in 1980 before branching into night-time soaps and Broadway 
    Dec 7, 1948
    Singer and guitarist Ronnie Sessions is born in Henrietta, Oklahoma. Raised in Bakersfield, he's a Vegas club pro by age 10, eventually netting a 1977 country hit with the Bobby Goldsboro-penned "Me And Millie (Stompin' Grapes And Gettin' Silly)"
    Dec 11, 1948
    The Tim Holt western "Indian Agent" debuts in movie theaters, with Lee "Lasses" White in a minor part
    Dec 12, 1948
    The original McDonald's opens in San Bernardino, California, becoming a ubiquitous American burger chain. Referencing the company's Happy Meal, Tim McGraw's 2005 hit "Do You Want Fries With That" takes place at one of its drive-throughs
    Dec 13, 1948
    Guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter is born in Washington, D.C. A member of the rock bands Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers, he eventually works in missile defense technology. He also participates in sessions for Donna Summer, Elton John and Linda Ronstadt, and plays on Dolly Parton's "9 To 5" and "Starting Over Again"

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