JIM BOWIE

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Bowie had a reputation as knife fighter, though historians today don’t believe he designed the type of knife that now bears his name.  He certainly carried one like it and used it — at least once — to defend himself from an attacker who came very close to killing him.

SOUTH OF THE BORDER

Ringo Starr said he had no particular interest in music until he heard, around the age of seven, Gene Autry singing this song in a movie.  It left him with a lifelong love of Country and Western music, and he called Autry the most significant musical force in his life.

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The clip at the head of this post is probably the scene he was referring to, from South Of the Border, 1939, though Ringo would have to have seen a reissue of it sometime after WWII.  Discussing it in 1976, he misremembered its details — he thought Autry had slung his leg over the horn of his saddle when singing the song — but he described it as his “first musical experience”, one that had stuck in his brain ever since.

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He added that his bedroom was covered with Gene Autry posters.