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Texans You Should Know is a series highlighting overlooked figures and events from Texas history. Clad in a sharp Western jacket, necktie, and skirt, the 26-year-old rising country star is magnetic as she takes the stage for a December 1955 broadcast of a TV variety show called Ozark Jubilee. As soon as the camera is on her, she sways, steeling herself for the opening notes of “Burn That Candle,” in which she makes a plea to her mother to keep a candle burning and the door open wide until she strolls back home with her “sugar pie” by her side. Her brassy vocals seem better suited for a neon-lit Texas honky-tonk than the Jubilee set, whose backdrop was a quaint suburban home. But as audiences across…

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