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  • Aug 1, 1946
    The movie "Night And Day" premieres in Hollywood, as California observes Cole Porter of Indiana Day. The movie sees Cary Grant portraying the life of Porter, with Roy Rogers singing "Don't Fence Me In"
    Aug 6, 1946
    R&B singer Judy Craig is born in The Bronx. In high school, she helps form a girl group, The Chiffons, who score a 1963 pop hit with "He's So Fine." Eight years later, the song returns in country music in a version by Jody Miller
    Aug 7, 1946
    With a recording session scheduled for the next day, Merle Travis writes "Sixteen Tons," drawing on a letter from his brother, coal miner John Travis, for the hook: "You load 16 tons and what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt"
    Aug 8, 1946
    Merle Travis records the original version of "Sixteen Tons," the future Tennessee Ernie Ford hit, at Hollywood's Radio Recorders
    Aug 8, 1946
    Spade Cooley and his wife, Ella Mae, have a daughter, Melody Cooley
    Aug 9, 1946
    Songwriter Amanda McBroom is born in California. She writes "The Rose," a Bette Midler pop hit that's retooled for the country audience by Conway Twitty in 1982
    Aug 11, 1946
    John Conlee is born in Versailles, Kentucky. After careers as a mortician and a disc jockey, his 1978 single "Rose Colored Glasses" starts a 10-year string of blue-collar singles. He joins the Grand Ole Opry in 1981
    Aug 15, 1946
    Songwriter Jimmy Webb is born in Elk City, Oklahoma. He writes "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" and "Wichita Lineman," by Glen Campbell; and "Highwayman," by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson
    Aug 15, 1946
    The Charles Starrett western "Heading West" debuts in theaters, with Smiley Burnette also in the cast. Hank Penny makes a musical appearance with his Plantation Boys, including Harold Hensley, Noel Boggs and Sanford Williams
    Aug 15, 1946
    Eddie Dean joins John Carradine in the debut of "Down Missouri Way," a musical about a producer filming in the rural Midwest. Also in the picture is Marilyn Tuttle

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