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  • May 1, 1988
    Songwriter Claude DeMetrius dies in New York City. He wrote Elvis Presley's "Hard Headed Woman" and "I Was The One," plus Marvin Rainwater's "Nothin' Needs Nothin' (Like I Need You)"
    May 1, 1988
    The original painting for the "Highwayman" album cover--depicting Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson--is stolen from an art exhibit at the Nashville Convention Center
    May 2, 1988
    Clint Black signs with RCA Records. The relationship leads to more than 10 years of hits, including "A Better Man," "Put Yourself In My Shoes," "Something That We Do" and "Nothin' But The Taillights"
    May 4, 1988
    The Country Music Association eliminates the Video of the Year category from its awards, although it is reinstated a year later
    May 4, 1988
    Happy birthday, Randy! As Randy Travis turns 29, manager Lib Hatcher gives him a pair of horses, named Red Star Cause and Smokey's Red Rouge
    May 6, 1988
    Pam Lewis and Bob Doyle form a management company to oversee a boot salesman named Garth Brooks
    May 6, 1988
    George Jones enters University Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, where he receives four days of treatment for double pneumonia
    May 7, 1988
    Dolly Parton performs "When Will I Be Loved" in the final episode of her beleaguered ABC variety show "Dolly!" Her musical guest is Loretta Lynn
    May 7, 1988
    Billy Joe Royal participates in a parade during the annual Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, Virginia
    May 7, 1988
    Recording begins for The Traveling Wilburys' album "Vol. 1" at a studio in Encino, California, owned by rocker Dave Stewart. The band includes Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, George Harrison and Jeff Lynne

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