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  • Feb 2, 1935
    The Missouri Mountaineers, led by guitarist Jack Shook, make their Grand Ole Opry debut. The band is a regular on the Opry for nearly five years. Shook goes on to play on recordings by Hank Williams, Hank Snow, Eddy Arnold and Faron Young
    Feb 11, 1935
    Singer/songwriter Gene Vincent is born in Norfolk, Virginia. His seminal rock & roll record "Be-Bop-A-Lula," one of the first singles recorded at the Bradley Recording Studio in Nashville, also reaches country music's Top 5 in 1956
    Feb 16, 1935
    Sonny Bono is born in Detroit, Michigan. As one-half of the pop duo Sonny & Cher, he records the 1971 hit "All I Ever Need Is You," which becomes a 1979 country hit for Kenny Rogers & Dottie West
    Feb 17, 1935
    Johnny Bush is born in Houston, Texas. A longtime cohort of Ray Price and Willie Nelson, his biggest hit comes with his 1969 version of Marty Robbins' "You Gave Me A Mountain." He also writes Nelson's "Whiskey River"
    Feb 21, 1935
    Songwriter Orville Couch is born in Grapevine, Texas. He writes "Hello Trouble," recorded by Buck Owens in 1964. It goes on to become a country hit for The Desert Rose Band in 1989
    Feb 21, 1935
    Keyboard player Richard Powell is born in Seffner, Florida. He appears in 1972 on Waylon Jennings' solo version of "Good Hearted Woman"
    Feb 23, 1935
    Gene Autry has his first starring movie role in the sci-fi western "The Phantom Empire." With Smiley Burnette co-starring, Autry finds a lost race equipped with laser guns living beneath his ranch. He sings "That Silver-Haired Daddy Of Mine"
    Feb 24, 1935
    Marshall Jones performs a show in Akron, which is caught by Bradley Kincaid. In short order, Kincaid brings Jones to Boston to perform on radio station WBZ, where he's renamed "Grandpa" Jones
    Feb 27, 1935
    Steel guitarist Norm Hamlet is born in Woodside, California. As a member of Merle Haggard's band, The Strangers, Hamlet plays on "Ramblin' Fever," "Big City" and "If We Make It Through December." He also teaches Barbara Mandrell to play steel

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