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July 17, 1918: Red Sovine (Woodrow Wilson Sovine) was born in Charleston


Musician Red Sovine (July 17, 1918-April 4, 1980) gained country music fame for his recitations, especially those incorporating sentimental truck driver themes. Born Woodrow Wilson Sovine in Charleston, he was influenced by Frank Welling and Buddy Starcher, two local radio musicians who also delivered sentimental monologues. Sovine’s earlier musical efforts brought little succ...

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