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  • Feb 1, 1948
    Having left Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, fiddler Chubby Wise joins guitarist Clyde Moody--also an ex-Blue Grass Boy--as regular on-air performers with radio station WARL in Arlington, Virginia
    Feb 8, 1948
    Dan Seals is born in McCamey, Texas. After establishing a pop career as one-half of England Dan & John Ford Coley, he becomes a consistent country presence in the 1980s, behind "Bop," "You Still Move Me" and "Big Wheels In The Moonlight"
    Feb 8, 1948
    Speedy West receives a three-neck steel guitar from Downey, California, manufacturer Paul Bigsby. The guitar becomes a signature for West, who records numerous dazzling instrumentals with musical partner Jimmy Bryant
    Feb 9, 1948
    Songwriter Tom Jans is born in Yakima, Washington. He authors "Loving Arms," a Dobie Gray recording that becomes a country hit for Elvis Presley in 1981
    Feb 18, 1948
    Woody Guthrie writes the first of several erotic letters to Mary Ruth Crissman, the sister of a former duet partner, one of them supplemented with newspaper accounts of murders. She later files charges against him for mailing obscene materials
    Feb 21, 1948
    Lefty Frizzell ends a six-month jail sentence for statutory rape in Roswell, New Mexico. During his stay behind bars, Frizzell wrote "I Love You A Thousand Ways"
    Feb 21, 1948
    Little Jimmy Dickens makes his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, performing "John Henry" and "I Dreamed Of An Old Love Affair"
    Feb 21, 1948
    Singing cowboy Eddie Dean faces a hangman's noose as the movie "Tornado Range" debuts in theaters
    Feb 23, 1948
    Merle Travis has a son, Tom Bresh, in Hollywood. Bresh nets his own hit in 1976 with "Home Made Love"
    Feb 23, 1948
    Gene Autry and Spade Cooley play for 10,000 people as the Freedom Train arrives in Los Angeles five months after leaving Philadelphia. The attraction carries American artifacts that span from the days of Christopher Columbus to World War II

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