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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Monday, Dec. 31, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011.
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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008.
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UPI Almanac for Monday, Dec. 31, 2007.
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UPI almanac for Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006.
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Today is Saturday, Dec. 31, the 365th and last day of 2005.
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Today is Friday, Dec. 31, the 366th and last day of 2004.
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Today is Wednesday, Dec. 31, the 365th and last day of 2003.
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Rex Allen, the "Arizona Cowboy," who was born in 1924 (age 78); folksinger Odetta in 1930 (age 72); Police guitarist Andy Summers in 1942 (age 60); the late John Denver in 1943; original Kinks bassist Peter Quaife, also in 1943 (
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for Dec. 28-Jan. 3.
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Country Music News

Brenda Lee born in Atlanta, 1944. Hank Williams' first recording session, 1946.
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Rex Allen Jr., who was born in 1947 (age 55); the late Keith Moon of The Who was also born in 1948; actor/singer Rick Springfield in 1949 (age 53); and Pebbles, whose real name is Perri McKissack, in 1964 (age 38).
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The Today in Music weekly package for Aug. 17-23.
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Today In Music: A look back at pop music

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Rex Elvie Allen (December 31, 1920 – December 17, 1999) was an American film actor, singer and songwriter who is particularly known as the narrator in many Disney nature and Western film productions. For contributions to the recording industry, Rex Allen was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Allen was born to Horace E. Allen and Luella Faye Clark on a ranch in Mud Springs Canyon, 40 miles from Willcox, Arizona. As a boy he played guitar and sang at local functions with his fiddle-playing father until high school graduation when he toured the Southwest as a rodeo rider. He got his start in show business on the East Coast as a vaudeville singer, then found work in Chicago as a performer on the WLS-AM program, National Barn Dance. In 1948 he signed with Mercury Records where he recorded a number of successful country music albums until 1952 when he switched to the Decca label where he continued to make records into the 1970s. He also recorded one album for Buena Vista (Disney, pictured) in the 1960s, although sources vary on the date of issue.

When singing cowboys such as Roy Rogers and Gene Autry were very much in vogue in American film, in 1949 Republic Pictures in Hollywood gave him a screen test and put him under contract. Beginning in 1950, Allen starred as himself in 19 of Hollywood's Western movies. One of the top-ten box office draws of the day, whose character was soon depicted in comic books, on screen Allen personified the clean cut, God-fearing American hero of the wild west who wore a white Stetson hat, loved his faithful horse Koko, and had a loyal buddy who shared his adventures. Allen's comic relief sidekick in first few pictures was Buddy Ebsen and then character actor Slim Pickens. He gained the nickname, The Arizona Cowboy.

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