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  • 26th April 1828
    Arkansas Gazette, the oldest newspaper in Arkansas, begins publication, providing valuable information and contributing to the state's cultural and historical landscape.

  • 26th April 1878
    Arkansas native and author George Edward Lankford is born in Wynne, Arkansas. He later becomes known for his literary works, enriching the world of literature with his creativity and insight.

  • 26th April 1886
    Arkansas native and musician Ma Rainey is born in Columbus, Georgia. She later earns the title "Mother of the Blues" for her pioneering contributions to the genre and influence on future artists.

  • 26th April 1925
    Arkansas native and musician J.B. Lenoir is born in Monticello, Arkansas. He later becomes a prominent figure in the blues music scene, leaving a lasting legacy with his soulful performances.

  • 26th April 1933
    Arkansas native and musician Arliss Higgins is born in Augusta, Arkansas. He later gains recognition for his talent as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, contributing to the world of music.

  • 26th April 1937
    Arkansas native and actress Jeanne Pruett is born in Pell City, Alabama. She later achieves success in the country music industry, known for her hit songs and captivating performances.

  • 26th April 1943
    Arkansas native and musician Duane Allen is born in Taylortown, Texas. He later becomes a member of the Grammy-winning country music group The Oak Ridge Boys, enjoying decades of success in the industry.

  • 26th April 1945
    Arkansas native and musician Dick Stabile records the song "Laura" with his orchestra, which becomes a popular hit, showcasing his talent as a bandleader and saxophonist.

  • 26th April 1946
    Arkansas native and musician Bobby Osborne records the song "Once More," which becomes a classic in the bluegrass genre, highlighting his skill as a singer and mandolin player.

  • 26th April 1951
    Arkansas native and musician Junior Barnard records the song "Hillbilly Boogie," contributing to the development of western swing music and leaving a lasting impact on the genre.

  • 26th April 1953
    Arkansas native and musician Willie Smith releases the song "Mule Train," which becomes a major hit, showcasing his talent as a singer and solidifying his place in music history.

  • 26th April 1960
    Arkansas native and musician Billy Lee Riley records the song "Red Hot," which becomes a rockabilly classic, influencing future generations of musicians and earning him recognition in the music industry.

  • 26th April 1973
    Arkansas native and musician Tav Falco forms the band Panther Burns, blending elements of rockabilly, blues, and punk rock to create a unique sound that captivates audiences worldwide.

  • 26th April 1980
    Arkansas native and musician Collin Raye signs his first record deal, launching his successful career in country music and earning acclaim for his heartfelt songs and powerful vocals.

  • 26th April 1984
    Arkansas native and musician Charlie Rich is posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, honoring his contributions to the genre and celebrating his enduring legacy.

  • 26th April 1996
    Arkansas native and musician Iris DeMent releases her album "The Way I Should," earning critical acclaim for its poignant lyrics and heartfelt performances, establishing her as a respected figure in folk and country music.

  • 26th April 2006
    Arkansas native and musician Levon Helm releases his album "Dirt Farmer," which wins the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album, recognizing his talent and contributions to American roots music.

  • 26th April 2010
    Arkansas native and musician Justin Moore releases his album "Justin Moore," which achieves commercial success and earns praise for its authentic country sound, launching his career in the music industry.

  • 26th April 2019
    Arkansas native and musician Ashley McBryde releases her album "Girl Going Nowhere," receiving critical acclaim and earning nominations for prestigious awards, solidifying her status as a rising star in country music.

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