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  • May 1, 1931
    Bill Anderson's bandleader, Jimmy Gately, is born in Springfield, Missouri. He writes Sonny James' "The Minute You're Gone," Webb Pierce's "Alla My Love" and Anderson's "Bright Lights And Country Music"
    May 6, 1931
    Fiddler Charlie Cline is born in Baisden, West Virginia. A member of numerous bluegrass bands, he plays with Bill Monroe in the early-1950s, appearing on "Wheel Hoss," "In The Pines" and "Blue Moon Of Kentucky"
    May 7, 1931
    Songwriter Jerry Chesnut is born in Loyall, Kentucky. Among his credits: Travis Tritt's "T-R-O-U-B-L-E," Del Reeves' "Looking At The World Through A Windshield," Faron Young's "It's Four In The Morning" and George Jones' "A Good Year For The Roses"
    May 7, 1931
    Pop singer Teresa Brewer is born in Toledo, Ohio. Her singles "Let Me Go, Lover!," "Pledging My Love," "A Tear Fell" and "Empty Arms" are remade as country hits by Hank Snow, Emmylou Harris, Billy "Crash" Craddock and Sonny James, respectively
    May 11, 1931
    Louise King, of the pop act The King Sisters, has a daughter, Marilyn Adine Driggs, in Los Angeles. Fifteen years later, the Kings collect a country hit with a remake of "Divorce Me C.O.D."
    May 16, 1931
    Songwriter Bill Browning is born in Wayne County, West Virginia. Browning writes Jimmie Skinner's 1959 hit "Dark Hollow"
    May 16, 1931
    Songwriter Grant Clarke dies two days after his 40th birthday from alcohol-related heart failure in California. Clarke and Maurice Abrahams co-wrote "Ragtime Cowboy Joe," destined to become a country hit for Eddy Howard in 1947
    May 21, 1931
    Charlie Poole dies of a heart attack in North Carolina at age 39. The hard-living banjo player led The North Carolina Ramblers, who released a series of hits in a five-year recording career that began with Columbia in 1925
    May 24, 1931
    Songwriter Clint Ballard is born in El Paso, Texas. In addition to Faron Young's country hit "Nightmare," he authors such pop hits as Linda Ronstadt's "You're No Good" and Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders' "Game Of Love"
    May 25, 1931
    Fiddler Jimmy Belkin is born in Dallas, Texas. As a member of Merle Haggard's band, The Strangers, he plays on "Yesterday's Wine," "Big City" and "Are The Good Times Really Over (I Wish A Buck Was Still Silver)"

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