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Clay Walker Diagnosed With MS, Roy Clark Born-Today In Country History

The Music and Memories of April 15

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1996- Clay Walker is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis after seeking an examination for numbness in his fingers.  At age 26, he was unable to hold a guitar pick in his right hand at the time he was diagnosed.  Thanks to drug management, healthy diet and exercise, he has since regained feeling in that hand and his right leg, allowing him to continue his successful career and active lifestyle.  In 2003, Clay established Band Against MS, a not-for-profit organization committed to providing educational information for those living with MS and funding research toward a cure for MS.

1989- Dolly Parton is the guest host and musical guest on “Saturday Night Live.” She sings her current hit ‘Why’d You Come In Here Lookin’ Like That.’

1963- Decca Records releases Patsy Cline’s ‘Sweet Dreams (Of You),’five weeks after her death in a plane crash.  The song, written by Don Gibson, was originally cut by Faron Young. ‘Sweet Dreams’ is later the title of a book and movie about Patsy’s life.


Roy Clark, 1933. Roy breaks through in 1963 with his version of the Bill Anderson classic ‘Tips Of My Fingers.’  In 1969, the same year he joins Buck Owens as the co-host of “Hee Haw,” he scores his signature song ‘Yesterday, When I Was Young.’  A comedian, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and actor, Roy takes the CMA’s Entertainer of the Year Award in 1973.

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