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  • Apr 1, 1942
    The singing cowboy picture "Sunset On The Desert" opens with Roy Rogers and The Sons Of The Pioneers
    Apr 2, 1942
    Tex Ritter's "North Of The Rockies" appears in movie theaters with a cast that includes Lloyd Bridges
    Apr 2, 1942
    Pop artist Leon Russell is born in Lawton, Oklahoma. He joins Willie Nelson on a 1979 remake of "Heartbreak Hotel," and records two country albums under the assumed name Hank Wilson, a hybrid of Hank Williams and Hank Thompson
    Apr 3, 1942
    Billy Joe Royal is born in Valdosta, Georgia. Best known for his pop hits "Down In The Boondocks" and "Cherry Hill Park," he crafts a half-dozen Top 10 country singles from 1985-1990, including "Tell It Like It Is" and "Love Has No Right"
    Apr 8, 1942
    Liberty Records is formed by Glenn Wallichs and songwriters Johnny Mercer and Buddy DeSylva in Hollywood. The firm is renamed Capitol Records in June as it charts a path that includes hits for Keith Urban, Garth Brooks and Merle Haggard
    Apr 9, 1942
    Margo Smith is born in Dayton, Ohio. Tabbed the Tennessee Yodeler, she grabs eight hits in the 1970s--mostly remakes, including covers of "Don't Break The Heart That Loves You," "It Only Hurts For A Little While" and "Little Things Mean A Lot"
    Apr 10, 1942
    Jim Reeves pitches his Carthage baseball team to a 3-1 exhibition victory over the University of Texas freshman team. The Panola Watchman says Reeves' curveball "cracked like a whip" as he racked up nine strikeouts
    Apr 12, 1942
    Bass player Larry Ramos is born in Waimea, Hawaii. He joins the Los Angeles pop band The Association in 1967, just in time to sing on "Never My Love." The song is remade as a country hit 11 years later by Vern Gosdin
    Apr 17, 1942
    The Tim Holt B-western "Land Of The Open Range" debuts in theaters, with Ray Whitley and Lee "Lasses" White delivering music written by Fred Rose
    Apr 20, 1942
    "Home In Wyomin'" makes a home in movie theaters, with Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette and Spade Cooley appearing on screen. Autry sings "I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes"

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