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August 4, 1897: Dixie Songbird Billy Cox Born

Country-and-western musician Billy Cox was born near Charleston on August 4, 1897. He started his career in 1928, singing and playing guitar and harmonica…

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June 2, 1999: Musician Rex Parker Dies in Princeton

Musician Rex Parker died at Princeton in Mercer County on June 2, 1999.The Fayette County native was the patriarch of the Parker Family, a popular musical…

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March 5, 1963: Country Music Star Hawkshaw Hawkins Killed in Plane Crash

On March 5, 1963, country music star Hawkshaw Hawkins was killed in a plane crash in Tennessee. Born in Huntington in 1921, Hawkins got his start in music…

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April 4, 1980: Musician Red Sovine Dies in Nashville

Musician Red Sovine died in Nashville following a car crash on April 4, 1980. He was 61.Born Woodrow Wilson Sovine in Charleston, he was influenced by…

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