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  • Jul 2, 1937
    "Riders Of The Rockies" opens, starring Tex Ritter, as the Texas Rangers battle cattle rustlers. Among Ritter's performances is the familiar "Home On The Range"
    Jul 2, 1937
    Charlie Phillips is born in Clovis, New Mexico. He picks up the only hit of his career in 1962 with "I Guess I'll Never Learn," written by Deana Carter's father, Fred Carter
    Jul 2, 1937
    Richard Petty is born in Level Cross, North Carolina. Gaining fame as one of the greatest NASCAR stock car drivers in history, he's namechecked in Kenny Chesney's 1998 country hit "How Forever Feels"
    Jul 2, 1937
    Football running back Alex Hawkins is born in West Virginia. An All-American for the University of South Carolina, he plays for the NFL's Baltimore Colts and is eventually credited as a songwriter on the Collin Raye country hit "That's My Story"
    Jul 4, 1937
    Ray Pillow is born in Lynchburg, Virginia. He joins the Grand Ole Opry in 1966, coinciding with the release of his only Top 10 recording, "I'll Take The Dog," a duet with Jean Shepard
    Jul 5, 1937
    Banjo player and rhythm guitarist Bobby Thompson is born in Converse, South Carolina. A noted Nashville session musician in the 1970s and '80s, he plays on hits by George Strait, Waylon Jennings, Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton, among others
    Jul 10, 1937
    Hank Williams moves from Greenville, Alabama, to Montgomery with his parents
    Jul 10, 1937
    Rockabilly artist Gene Simmons is born in Itawamba County, Mississippi. Signed for a period to the Sun Records label, he co-writes Tim McGraw's 1994 breakthrough single, "Indian Outlaw"
    Jul 11, 1937
    Songwriter/producer Billy Davis is born in Detroit, Michigan. He writes such hits as "Lonely Teardrops" and "Reet Petite" and produces Fontella Bass' "Rescue Me." He also pens a Coke commercial that Dottie West re-writes as "Country Sunshine"
    Jul 11, 1937
    Pop songwriter George Gershwin dies in Beverly Hills during a brain operation. Known for "Summertime" and "It Ain't Necessarily So," his song "A Foggy Day" is a vehicle for a Willie Nelson-Frank Sinatra collaboration on the 1994 album "Duets II"

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