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  • Mar 19, 1944
    Keyboard player Tom Constanten is born in Long Branch, New Jersey. He plays with The Grateful Dead from 1968-1970; some 25 years later, the band is namechecked in Lonestar's "No News"
    Mar 19, 1942
    Elton Britt records "There's A Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere" in New York. With references to George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Nathan Hale, George Custer and Colin Kelly, it becomes the first country single to receive a gold record
    Mar 19, 1940
    Songwriter Lionel Delmore is born to Alton Delmore, of The Delmore Brothers. As an adult, Lionel will co-write the John Anderson hits "Swingin'," "I Wish I Could Write You A Song" and "Honky Tonk Crowd"
    Mar 19, 1939
    "Southward Ho" debuts in movie theaters, with Roy Rogers and sidekick "Gabby" Hayes uncovering government corruption on the frontier
    Mar 19, 1936
    Jimmie Davis records "I Wish I Had Never Seen Sunshine" at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana
    Mar 19, 1934
    Songwriter Gene Dobbins is born in Memphis, Tennessee. He writes Billy "Crash" Craddock's "Easy As Pie," Ty Herndon's "A Man Holdin' On (To A Woman Lettin' Go)" and C.W. McCall's "Roses For Mama," among others
    Mar 19, 1932
    WLS Radio's "National Barn Dance" moves to Chicago's Eighth Street Theater, a venue it will call home for the next 25 years
    Mar 19, 1931
    Nevada legalizes gambling, setting the stage for Las Vegas and Reno to become major entertainment destinations. Among the many country acts who make a mark in those cities: Elvis Presley, Garth Brooks, George Strait and Roy Acuff
    Mar 19, 1928
    Henry Maddox, of The Maddox Brothers & Rose, is born in Boaz, Alabama. The energetic West Coast band mixes a heavy dose of humor with its music and gains the nickname the "Most Colorful Hillbilly Band In America"
    Mar 19, 1927
    Frank Peppiatt is born in Toronto, Ontario. He co-creates and co-produces "Hee Haw," a long-running TV show that mixes country music and comedy

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