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  • Jun 15, 1941
    Harry Nelson III is born in Brooklyn, New York. Under the name Nilsson, he becomes a significant pop singer/songwriter, although he does not write his biggest hit, 1971's "Without You." T.G. Sheppard has a minor country hit by covering the song
    Jun 16, 1941
    R&B songwriter Lamont Dozier is born in Detroit, Michigan. He co-writes such Motown classics as "Baby Love," "Heat Wave," "I Can't Help Myself" and "You Can't Hurry Love," covered by The Dixie Chicks for the 1999 movie "Runaway Bride"
    Jun 18, 1941
    Gene Autry records "You Are My Sunshine" at the CBS Studios in Hollywood
    Jun 20, 1941
    "San Antonio Rose," a Robert Paige movie built around the Bob Wills song, makes its debut in theaters
    Jun 20, 1941
    Roy Rogers and Gabby Hayes ferret out the bad guys in a railroad conflict with the debut of "Nevada City"
    Jun 23, 1941
    Trumpet player Walter "Tubby" Lewis dies of pneumonia at age 24. As a member of Bob Wills' Texas Playboys, he appeared on such records as "Time Changes Everything," "New San Antonio Rose" and "Take Me Back To Tulsa"
    Jun 23, 1941
    Multi-instrumentalist Robert Hunter is born in San Luis Obispo, California. He joins the rock band The Grateful Dead in September 1967. The Dead is referenced in the lyrics of Lonestar's 1996 hit "No News"
    Jun 24, 1941
    The Red Barry western "Kansas Cyclone" debuts in movie houses, with "I Dreamed Of A Hill-billy Heaven" songwriter Eddie Dean in a supporting role
    Jun 24, 1941
    The movie "short" "Meet Roy Rogers" debuts. It pulls the singing cowboy out of the Sons Of The Pioneers, and affirms his status as a silver screen star by featuring him alongside established western kings Gene Autry and Gabby Hayes
    Jun 28, 1941
    Texas governor Wilbert Lee "Pappy" O'Daniel defeats Lyndon Baines Johnson in a special election for the U.S. Senate, winning by a narrow 1,311 votes. O'Daniel founded the pioneering western swing band The Light Crust Doughboys

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