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  • May 6, 1946
    Columbia releases Gene Autry's "Wave To Me, My Lady"
    May 7, 1946
    Bill Danoff is born in Springfield, Massachusetts. He co-founds The Starland Vocal Band, which earns a pop hit with "Afternoon Delight," and writes John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" and "Please, Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas)"
    May 7, 1946
    Drummer Bill Kreutzman is born in Palo Alto, California. He co-founds the psychedelic band The Grateful Dead. The group finds its way into the lyrics of Lonestar's 1996 country hit "No News"
    May 9, 1946
    Bobby Lewis is born in Hodgenville, Kentucky. The 5'-4" singer takes up the lute, instead of guitar, grabbing a pair of hits in the late-1960s
    May 9, 1946
    "Rainbow Over Texas" debuts in movie theaters featuring Roy Rogers and his regular cast: Dale Evans, Gabby Hayes, Trigger and The Sons Of The Pioneers
    May 9, 1946
    George W. Smith dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at Ohio Valley General Hospital in Wheeling, West Virginia. The managing director of WWVA, he created "The Wheeling Jamboree," an Opry-style radio show
    May 10, 1946
    Pop singer Dave Mason is born in Worcester, England. An original member of the rock band Traffic, he scores a solo hit in 1977 with "We Just Disagree," re-cast as a country hit by Billy Dean in 1993
    May 11, 1946
    Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters record the pop hit "Get Your Kicks On Route 66." It's remade nearly three decades later by Asleep At The Wheel, who gain a Grammy nomination for their performance
    May 13, 1946
    John Wayne and Claudette Colbert star in the debut of the motion picture "Without Reservations." Also in the cast are Cary Grant, Louella Parsons and former Grand Ole Opry member Lee "Lasses" White
    May 16, 1946
    "Annie Get Your Gun," featuring music by Irving Berlin, opens on Broadway. A 2001 version provides Reba McEntire's theatrical debut, and a touring production is a vehicle for Helen Cornelius and Dave & Sugar's Dave Rowland during the 1980s

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