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  • Apr 1, 1946
    Columbia releases Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys' two-sided hit, "New Spanish Two-Step" and "Roly-Poly"
    Apr 2, 1946
    Joe Bonsall marries Lillie Collins. Two years later, they have a son, also named Joe Bonsall, who eventually becomes a member of The Oak Ridge Boys
    Apr 3, 1946
    Bass player Dee Murray is born in Gillingham, England. A longtime member of Elton John's band, he also appears as a backing vocalist on Earl Thomas Conley's country hit "Nobody Falls Like A Fool"
    Apr 3, 1946
    Fiddler Tommy Jackson is discharged from the Army after two years of service. Within a year, he's playing on country sessions, ultimately dotting hits by Hank Williams, Red Foley, Loretta Lynn and Ernest Tubb, among others
    Apr 5, 1946
    Songwriter Vincent Youmans dies in a Denver, Colorado, sanitarium after a 12-year battle with tuberculosis. He wrote "Tea For Two," "I Want To Be Happy" and "Without A Song," a 1930 Paul Whiteman hit destined to be covered by Willie Nelson
    Apr 6, 1946
    Believing he can earn more money on the road than at the Grand Ole Opry, Roy Acuff makes what is supposed to be his final Opry appearance. He returns to the Nashville cast one year later
    Apr 8, 1946
    Gene Autry records "Wave To Me, My Lady" at the CBS Studios in Los Angeles
    Apr 8, 1946
    Columbia releases Gene Autry's "You Only Want Me When You're Lonely" backed with "I Wish I Had Never Met Sunshine"
    Apr 12, 1946
    The Bob Steele western "Thunder Town" appears in theaters. Fiddlin' Arthur Smith is featured as a member of the band
    Apr 13, 1946
    Red Foley debuts as the host of the Prince Albert segment of the Grand Ole Opry, taking the place of Roy Acuff, who left the Opry a week earlier

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