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  • Apr 3, 1937
    "Hittin' The Trail" opens, offering Tex Ritter his fifth starring role, in which he unwittingly wins stolen horses while playing roulette. Also in the picture: Ray Whitley and His Range Ramblers
    Apr 6, 1937
    Merle Haggard is born in Oildale, California. After imprisonment in San Quentin, he becomes a legendary singer/songwriter with his blue-collar observations and rich vocal style sending him into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994
    Apr 7, 1937
    R&B singer Charlie Thomas is born in New York. In the 1950s, he joins The Drifters, singing on "Save The Last Dance For Me." The song is resurrected three different times as a country hit--by Buck Owens, Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton
    Apr 12, 1937
    Merle Travis marries Mary Johnson in Cincinnati. Clayton McMichen takes the role of Travis' father at the wedding, and fiddler Bert Layne, of McMichen's band the Georgia Wildcats, gives the bride away
    Apr 22, 1937
    The western "Round-Up Time In Texas," starring Gene Autry and Smiley Burnette, debuts in theaters. In the picture, Autry tries to aid his brother, a diamond miner in peril from opportunistic outlaws
    Apr 24, 1937
    Bass player Dick Kniss is born in Portland, Oregon. He becomes a member of John Denver's band, taking part in such country hits as "Back Home Again," "Annie's Song," "I'm Sorry" and "Thank God I'm A Country Boy." Kniss will also co-write "Sunshine On My Shoulders"
    Apr 28, 1937
    Bill Walker is born in Sydney, Australia. He becomes a major arranger, contributing to such hits as Eddy Arnold's "Make The World Go Away," Johnny Cash's "Sunday Morning Coming Down" and Roy Clark's "Come Live With Me"

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