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April 26

Apr 26, 1927: Songwriter Cecil Null is born in War, West Virginia. He writes The Davis Sisters’ 1953 hit “I Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know”

Apr 26, 1938: Rock guitarist Duane Eddy is born in Corning, New York. Eddy becomes the first husband of Jessi Colter after scoring early rock ‘n’ roll hits with his “twang” guitar on “Rebel-Rouser” and “Because They’re Young”

Apr 26, 1941: Ernest Tubb records “Walking The Floor Over You,” “Our Baby’s Book,” “When The World Has Turned You Down,” “I’ll Always Be Glad To Take You Back” and “Mean Mama Blues” at the Biggs Studio in Dallas

Apr 26, 1946: “The Long Black Veil” songwriter Marijohn Wilkin has a son, John “Bucky” Wilkin, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He sings lead on the 1964 Ronny & The Daytonas pop hit “G.T.O.” and plays on several Waylon Jennings singles

Apr 26, 1956: Bass player Dave Pomeroy is born in Naples, Italy. His credits include Trisha Yearwood’s “The Song Remembers When,” Keith Whitley’s “I Wonder Do You Think Of Me” and Kathy Mattea’s “Where’ve You Been”

Apr 26, 1966: Bobby Bare records “The Streets Of Baltimore”

Apr 26, 1972: Bass player Michael Jeffers is born in Kingsport, Tennessee. He’s an original member of Pinmonkey, a Nashville band that nets a nomination from the Academy of Country Music in 2003 for Top Vocal Duo or Group

Apr 26, 1980: Dottie West’s “A Lesson In Leavin"” goes to #1 on the Billboard country chart

Apr 26, 1994: American releases Johnny Cash’s first album for the label, “American Recordings.” The CD is a stripped-down project overseen by rap-rock producer Rick Rubin

Apr 26, 2008: “Be My Baby Tonight” songwriter Richard Fagan slashes his publisher’s wrist in a household argument in Nashville. The publisher bleeds to death while Fagan goes out drinking, leading to a drunk-driving arrest

Apr 26, 2013: George Jones dies at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. Widely regarded as one of the genre’s all-time greatest singers, the Country Music Hall of Fame member left such traditional-country landmarks as “The Grand Tour,” “The Race Is On” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today”