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May 31

May 31, 1922 "Vic" Willis is born in Schulter, Oklahoma. A member of the Grand Ole Opry through his work with The Willis Brothers and,... Read More.

May 30

May 30, 1926 Fiddler Johnny Gimble is born in Tyler, Texas. Named Instrumentalist of the Year five times by the Country Music Association, his credits... Read More.

May 29

May 29, 1916 Carl Story is born in Lenoir, North Carolina. The Father of Bluegrass Gospel, he writes "I Overlooked An Orchid," a hit for... Read More.

May 28

May 28, 1911 Drummer Farris Coursey is born in Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee. He goes on to play on Red Foley's "Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy," Hank... Read More.

May 27

May 27, 1921 Redd Stewart is born in Ashland City, Tennessee. He replaces Eddy Arnold as the featured vocalist in Pee Wee King's Golden West... Read More.

May 26

May 26, 1907 Marion Morrison is born in Winterset, Iowa. Renamed John Wayne for the silver screen, he becomes one of the best-known actors of... Read More.

May 25

May 25, 1878 Tap dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson is born in Richmond, Virginia. He inspires the first hit by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, "Mr.... Read More.

May 24

May 24, 1914 Tootsie Bess is born. She gains fame as the owner of Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, a bar near the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville... Read More.

May 23

May 23, 1925 Mac Wiseman is born in Crimora, Virginia. He works as a sideman for Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs, and releases his... Read More.

May 22

May 22, 1892 Ralph Sylvester Peer is born in Kansas City, Missouri. A 1984 inductee in the Country Music Hall of Fame, he discovers, produces... Read More.

May 21

May 21, 1954 Johnnie & Jack record "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight" May 21, 1955 Chuck Berry records "Maybellene," a song inspired by Bob Wills' "Ida Red," at Chicago's... Read More.

May 20

May 20, 1933 Jimmie Rodgers records "Old Pal Of My Heart" and "The Yodeling Ranger" at the Victor Studios in New York during what amounts... Read More.