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  • Apr 1, 1948
    The Monte Hale western "California Firebrand" makes its way to theaters with music from Foy Willing & The Riders Of The Purple Sage
    Apr 3, 1948
    KWKH debuts "The Louisiana Hayride" in Shreveport, Louisiana. Artists in the opening lineup include Kitty Wells and Johnny & Jack. The show becomes a launching pad for such acts as Hank Williams, Elvis Presley and Webb Pierce
    Apr 3, 1948
    Manager Fred Rose sends a letter to Hank Williams begging him to straighten out his life: "Forget the fire water and let me take care of your business"
    Apr 3, 1948
    Eddy Arnold's "Anytime" ascends to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
    Apr 4, 1948
    Drummer Pick Withers is born in Glasgow, Scotland. He joins rock band Dire Straits, appearing on its 1978 debut album, which features the original version of the future Highway 101 country hit "Setting Me Up"
    Apr 4, 1948
    Bass player Berry Oakley is born in Chicago, Illinois. He's an early member of The Allman Brothers Band, a Southern rock outfit mentioned in the lyrics of Conway Twitty's 1978 hit "Boogie Grass Band"
    Apr 5, 1948
    Thirteen-year-old Wynn Stewart makes his first recording, a simple acetate disc featuring a version of an Eddy Arnold hit, "Anytime"
    Apr 7, 1948
    Jim Reeves gets a win pitching for the Henderson Oilers. An injury makes it the final game of his baseball career
    Apr 8, 1948
    The FCC approves Gene Autry's purchase of Phoenix radio station KOOL for $250,000 on the condition that he divest himself of KPHO
    Apr 8, 1948
    Hank Williams plays a Grand Ole Opry-sponsored show featuring Johnny Bond and Cowboy Copas in Montgomery, Alabama. Williams starts drinking with Copas and disappears for several days

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