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texanist three name theater marqueeQ: With all the catchy three-named Texas musicians like Michael Martin Murphey, Willis Alan Ramsey, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Jerry Jeff Walker,and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, how did Willie Nelson or George Strait ever become famous?Ray Bluhm, FredericksburgA: It’s a fact that Texas is populated with a seemingly inordinate number of musicians who go by three names. You’ve spotlighted a few familiar ones, Ray Bluhm, ye of just two names, but let us not forget Stevie Ray Vaughan; Billy Joe Shaver; Robert Earl Keen; Lee Ann Womack; David Lee Garza; John Ford Coley; the groundbreaking Black mezzo-soprano Barbara Smith Conrad; the mid-twentieth-century jazz-pop singer Ella Mae Morse (who had Capitol Records’ first gold record, 1942’s “Cow Cow Boogie”); and the somewhat fresher-faced singer-songwriters William Clark Green, Joshua…

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