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  • May 1, 1928
    Sonny James is born in Hackleburg, Alabama. Nicknamed the Southern Gentleman, he registers 16 straight #1 singles from 1967-1972, including "Running Bear" and "Heaven Says Hello." He joins the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006
    May 3, 1928
    Dave Dudley is born in Spencer, Wisconsin. His gruff vocals populate several of country's biggest truckin' records in the 1960s, particularly "Six Days On The Road" and "Truck Drivin' Son-Of-A-Gun"
    May 4, 1928
    Victor releases Jimmie Rodgers' single "Blue Yodel No. 2 (My Lovin' Gal Lucille)" backed with "The Brakeman's Blues"
    May 5, 1928
    Bass player Marshall Grant is born near Bryson City, North Carolina. He spends more than 20 years playing in Johnny Cash's band and eventually becomes manager of The Statler Brothers. Among Grant's credits: "Daddy Sang Bass," "I Walk The Line" and "Folsom Prison Blues"
    May 8, 1928
    Fiddler Benny Martin is born in Sparta, Tennessee. Beginning professionally as a teenager, he becomes a sideman for Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Kitty Wells and Roy Acuff, among others
    May 9, 1928
    The Carter Family holds its third recording session, cutting its theme song, "Keep On The Sunny Side," plus "Little Darling, Pal Of Mine" and "Anchored In Love" at the Victor Studio in Camden, New Jersey
    May 10, 1928
    The Carter Family records "Wildwood Flower" and "John Hardy Was A Desperate Little Man" at the Victor Recording Studio in Camden, New Jersey
    May 12, 1928
    Pop songwriter Burt Bacharach is born in Kansas City, Missouri. Best known for the songs he co-writes with Hal David for Dionne Warwick, Bacharach earns country hits by writing Ronnie Milsap's "Any Day Now," Marty Robbins' "The Story Of My Life" and Sonny James' "Only Love Can Break A Heart"
    May 15, 1928
    Songwriter Wally Gold is born in Brooklyn, New York. He authors a pair of Elvis Presley hits: "It's Now Or Never" and "Good Luck Charm"
    May 17, 1928
    Ben Smathers is born in Hendersonville, North Carolina. He forms The Stoney Mountain Cloggers, a country dance troupe that performs on Nashville's Grand Ole Opry from 1957-1993

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