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  • May 3, 1941
    "The Renfro Valley Barn Dance" moves from Cincinnati radio station WLW to Louisville outlet WHAS
    May 7, 1941
    The Roy Rogers western "Sheriff Of Tombstone" appears in movie theaters, with Gabby Hayes portraying a judge and Spade Cooley playing fiddle
    May 10, 1941
    Tex Ritter stars in the debut of "The Pioneers," with appearances by Red Foley and songwriter Doye O'Dell
    May 11, 1941
    Pop and rock singer Eric Burdon is born in Tyneside, England. He becomes the lead singer of The Animals, whose signature song, "The House Of The Rising Sun," becomes a Dolly Parton country hit in 1981
    May 13, 1941
    Ritchie Valens is born in Pacoima, California. The Latin rock & roll singer, who records the original version of "La Bamba," dies in the plane crash that kills Buddy Holly. Waylon Jennings gives up his seat on that same flight to The Big Bopper
    May 15, 1941
    Radio station WELO begins broadcasting in Tupelo, Mississippi. It will be the first station on which a young Elvis Presley performs. It also sponsors a talent contest at which he first sings at age 10
    May 15, 1941
    As he prepares for his KVOO broadcast at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, Bob Wills is served with papers requesting separate maintenance by representatives of his wife, Mary Lou Wills
    May 16, 1941
    Jim Reeves pitches for Carthage in the team's first game at the Texas state high school championship tournament. The Bulldogs defeat Hondo High School, 8-2, as Travis outduels Clint Hartung, destined to pitch for the New York Giants
    May 16, 1941
    The western "Saddlemates" opens in theaters, with Spade Cooley playing fiddle behind Rufe Davis, who sings "The Army's Not For Me"
    May 17, 1941
    Jim Reeves strikes out 11 batters in the championship game at the Texas state high school baseball tournament. But Reeves' team, the Carthage Bulldogs, loses to Dallas' Sunset High, 6-1. Reeves is voted to the all-state team

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