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  • May 1, 1948
    J.D. Buffett buys a house on Ralston Road in Mobile, Alabama. For five years, it serves as the childhood base for son Jimmy Buffett
    May 2, 1948
    Larry Gatlin is born in Seminole, Texas. Joined by brothers Rudy and Steve in the Gatlin Brothers Band, he writes numerous 1970s and '80s hits marked by strong hooks and loads of harmony. They include "All The Gold In California," "Broken Lady" and "Night Time Magic"
    May 4, 1948
    Songwriter/record executive Tim DuBois is born in Grove, Oklahoma. The head of Arista's country division from 1989-2000, he writes Alabama's "Love In The First Degree," Vince Gill's "When I Call Your Name" and Jerry Reed's "She Got The Goldmine (I Got The Shaft)"
    May 6, 1948
    Mary MacGregor is born in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her 1977 single "Torn Between Two Lovers" becomes a country hit while topping the pop charts
    May 6, 1948
    Jimmy Wakely is a singing ranch foreman in the western "Partners Of The Sunset." Debuting in theaters, the movie's backing musicians include guitarist Jack Rivers and Fiddlin' Arthur Smith
    May 7, 1948
    Republic Pictures president Herb Yates writes a letter to The Sons Of The Pioneers, ending their movie contract with the Los Angeles studio
    May 10, 1948
    The Henderson Oilers place Jim Reeves on the disabled list more than one month after he last pitched for the team. Reeves never plays baseball again
    May 10, 1948
    Skeets McDonald marries for the second time, to Josephine Harl
    May 13, 1948
    The Durango Kid movie "Whirlwind Raiders" debuts with roles for "Dear Oakie" songwriter Doye O'Dell and Smiley Burnette, who sings "Blue Tail Fly"
    May 17, 1948
    NBC-TV premieres "Village Barn," a New York-based country show. During part of its run, it's hosted by "Sioux City Sue" songwriter Dick Thomas

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