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Oct. 23: Happy 53rd birthday to Dwight Yoakam, one of a long line of eastern Kentucky natives to make a mark on country music — in his case, as a neo-traditionalist in the music’s exciting late ’80s period.

“Please, Please Baby” was Yoakam’s sixth single, which reached No. 6 on the Billboard country chart in 1987. Like most of his early records — “Honky Tonk Man,” “Guitars, Cadillacs,” “Little Ways,” for example — it has a nice groove, and great guitar work from producer Pete Anderson. Yoakam wrote this song, but sonically it fits right in with the Johnny Horton, Lefty Frizzell or Buck Owens covers he’d made or would soon make. It’s one of the many highlights of Yoakam’s second album, Hillbilly Deluxe. (Read the review.)

Learn more about Yoakam from Allmusic.com, and check out his discography.

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