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  • Mar 1, 1937
    Nineteen-year-old Merle Travis works a show with Clayton McMichen in Columbus, Ohio, leaving mining work behind in Kentucky for a career as a musician
    Mar 2, 1937
    Ernest Tubb records "The T.B. Is Whipping Me" in an afternoon session at San Antonio's Texas Hotel
    Mar 6, 1937
    "Trouble In Texas" opens, starring Tex Ritter and Rita Hayworth with roles for bandleader Bob Crosby and guitarist Rudy Sooter. Ritter plays a cowboy on the rodeo circuit, where riders are dying from poisoned needles
    Mar 6, 1937
    Doug Dillard is born in East St. Louis, Illinois. He plays banjo for The Dillards, a bluegrass quartet that influences The Eagles and appears regularly on "The Andy Griffith Show" as The Darlings
    Mar 6, 1937
    Steel guitarist Ben Keith is born in Fort Riley, Kansas. Raised in Kentucky, he plays on such hits as Patsy Cline's "I Fall To Pieces," Emmylou Harris' "If I Could Only Win Your Love," Faron Young's "Country Girl" and Neil Young's "Heart Of Gold"
    Mar 8, 1937
    Jimmy Stoneman, of The Stonemans, is born in Washington, D.C., along with a twin sister, Rita, who dies three months later. The family act, which blends bluegrass and country music, wins the Country Music Association's vocal group award in 1967
    Mar 17, 1937
    Sarah Colley--the future Minnie Pearl--leaves Sevierville, Tennessee, where she's directing a play, for Centerville when she learns her father, Thomas Colley, has died
    Mar 17, 1937
    Pop singer Adam Wade is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He collects a hit with 1961's "Take Good Care Of Her," which is remade five years later for the country market by Sonny James
    Mar 20, 1937
    Jerry Reed is born in Atlanta. A rhythmic guitarist, he earns a Grammy for "When You're Hot, You're Hot" and a million-seller with "Amos Moses." Reed writes Johnny Cash's "A Thing Called Love" and Elvis Presley's "Guitar Man," and plays on hits by Bobby Bare and Waylon Jennings. He joins the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2017
    Mar 20, 1937
    Tommy Hunter is born in London, Ontario. The TV personality hosts a Canadian program that provides large exposure to country music north of the U.S. border, "The Tommy Hunter Show"

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