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August 10, 2001
Billy Byrd, 81, who once played lead guitar for Ernest Tubb's Texas Troubadours, died Tuesday in Nashville. William Lewis Byrd was born in Nashville, and taught himself guitar by copying the records of Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt. In the 1940s, Byrd backed the Oak Ridge Quartet (the predecessor of the Oak Ridge Boys), Little Jimmy Dickens, George Morgan and others. In 1949, Byrd succeeded Tommy "Butterball" Paige as the lead guitarist with Tubb.
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December 19, 1999 | JON THURBER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rex Allen, believed to be the last of the singing cowboys from the early 1950s, who went on to fashion a strong career as a narrator for Walt Disney's animated and nature films, has died. Allen died Friday of injuries suffered when he was accidentally run over by a car his caretaker was driving, Tucson police reported. Allen was 78.
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