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  • May 1, 1955
    Elvis Presley performs in New Orleans, beginning a three-week tour as an opening act for Hank Snow
    May 4, 1955
    Robert Ellis Orrall is born in Winthrop, Massachusetts. He has a minor hit as an artist in 1992 with "Boom! It Was Over," and pens Martina McBride's "Wrong Baby Wrong," Clay Walker's "What's It To You" and Shenandoah's "Next To Me, Next To You"
    May 4, 1955
    Merle Travis and Bettie Lou Robinson are married in Tijuana, Mexico. A judge later rules the wedding is not legally recognized in the United States, and they repeat the ritual in Los Angeles
    May 5, 1955
    Fiddler Glen Duncan is born in Columbus, Indiana. His credits include George Strait's "When Did You Stop Loving Me," Dierks Bentley's "What Was I Thinkin'," Faith Hill's "This Kiss" and Shania Twain's "Man! I Feel Like A Woman!"
    May 5, 1955
    Johnny Horton holds his last recording session in a three-year association with Mercury Records at the Bradley Recording Studio in Nashville
    May 6, 1955
    Buddy Holly registers for the draft. A mentor of Waylon Jennings, his song "True Love Ways" becomes a country hit for Mickey Gilley
    May 7, 1955
    Eddie Dean performs "I Dreamed Of A Hill-Billy Heaven" during the ABC telecast of "Ozark Jubilee." Also appearing: guitarist Grady Martin and host Red Foley
    May 7, 1955
    Songwriter Werly Fairburn joins "The Louisiana Hayride," performing at the Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana. His writing credits later include Carl Smith's "I Feel Like Cryin'" and Jim Reeves' "I Guess I'm Crazy"
    May 7, 1955
    Jerry Johnson, known as the Smoky Mountain Sweetheart, ends a nearly two-year run as the bass player for Roy Acuff's Smoky Mountain Boys
    May 9, 1955
    Marvin Rainwater claims first place on "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts"

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