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  • May 2, 1942
    Porter Wagoner graduates from the eighth grade in West Plains, Missouri. Needed to work on the family farm, he never attends high school
    May 4, 1942
    R&B songwriter Nickolas Ashford is born in Fairfield, South Carolina. His credits include "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing," recorded by Vince Gill & Gladys Knight for the CMA-nominated album "Rhythm Country & Blues"
    May 4, 1942
    Patsy Stoneman, of The Stoneman Family, marries Charles Streeks, just one week after meeting him
    May 5, 1942
    Virginia Wynette Pugh--alias Tammy Wynette--is born in Itawamba County, Mississippi. The Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, nicknamed the First Lady of Country Music, succeeds with a pain-soaked vocal style, exemplified in "Another Lonely Song," "'Til I Get It Right" and "Stand By Your Man"
    May 6, 1942
    J.D. Buffett marries Mary Loraine Peets in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The union produces singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett
    May 8, 1942
    Jack Blanchard is born in Buffalo, New York. He marries Misty Morgan, with whom he gains a novelty hit with "Tennessee Bird Walk" in 1970
    May 9, 1942
    With World War II raging, Tommy Duncan, lead singer for Bob Wills' Texas Playboys, tells Tulsa's KVOO listeners goodbye and joins the Army. Wills subsequently replaces Duncan with Leon Huff
    May 12, 1942
    Billy Swan is born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. A one-time security guard at Elvis Presley's Graceland Mansion and longtime guitarist for Kris Kristofferson, he gains a #1 pop and country hit in 1974 with "I Can Help"
    May 14, 1942
    Tex Ritter plays Tex Martin in the debut of the western movie "The Devil's Trail"
    May 14, 1942
    Eddie Stoneman, of The Stoneman Family, becomes a daddy for the first time, with the birth of a daughter, Barbara

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