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TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY (Wed., April 24) Bobby Gregory was born in 1900. Richard Sterban of the Oak Ridge Boys was born in 1943. Larry Rice of the Rice Brothers was born in 1949.
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(April 24) Today's birthdays include Barbra Streisand, who was born in 1942 (age 60); Richard Sterban of the Oak Ridge Boys in 1943 (age 59); ...
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Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(April 20) Today's birthdays include country's Johnny Tillotson, who was born in 1939 (age 63); Jimmy Winston of Small Faces in 1945 (age 57); ...
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TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY (Wed., April 10) "Fiddlin'" Arthur Smith was born in 1898. Shelby "Sheb" Wooley was born in 1921. "Alvin" Junior Samples of "Hee Haw" fame was born in 1926.
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Dwight Yoakam
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Dwight David Yoakam (born October 23, 1956) is an American singer-songwriter, actor and film director, most famous for his pioneering country music. Popular since the early 1980s, he has recorded more than twenty-one albums and compilations, has charted more than thirty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and sold more than 25 million records.

Yoakam was born in Pikeville, Kentucky, the son of Ruth Ann, a key-punch operator, and David Yoakam, a gas-station owner. Like many Kentucky families of the mid-20th century, the Yoakams moved to Ohio in hopes of creating a better life. However, Yoakam has always maintained a strong connection with his Kentucky roots, as evident by many of his songs, such as Readin', Rightin', Route 23, Bury Me, Floyd County, Louisville, Miner's Prayer and I Sang Dixie.

He was raised in Columbus, Ohio, but his family would return to Kentucky on weekends, thereby maintaining a sense of "home." Yoakam graduated from Columbus' Northland High School on June 9, 1974. During his high school years, he excelled in both music and drama, regularly securing the lead role in school plays, such as "Charlie" in a stage version of Flowers for Algernon, honing his skills under the guidance of teacher-mentors Jerry McAfee (music) and Charles Lewis (drama). Outside of school, Yoakam sang and played guitar with local garage bands, and frequently entertained his friends and classmates as an amateur comedian, impersonating politicians and other celebrities, such as Richard Nixon, who, at that time, was heavily embroiled in the Watergate controversy.

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