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  • Aug 1, 1876
    Colorado is the 38th state admitted to the union. The Centennial State becomes the birthplace for Wesley Tuttle, Michael Johnson, singer/songwriter Randy Vanwarmer and Highway 101's Cactus Moser
    Mar 28, 1890
    Big band leader Paul Whiteman is born in Denver, Colorado. His 1928 hit "Among My Souvenirs" and 1930 recording "Without A Song" are remade as country hits 50 years later by Marty Robbins and Willie Nelson, respectively
    Mar 25, 1909
    Pop songwriter Jerry Livingston is born in Denver, Colorado. Known for such songs as "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo" and "The Twelfth Of Never," he also writes Jim Reeves' "Adios Amigo" and The Hoosier Hot Shots' "She Broke My Heart In Three Places"
    Jul 2, 1916
    Actor Curtis Wayne Gates is born in Lamar, Colorado. Under the name Ken Curtis, he joins The Sons Of The Pioneers from 1949-1953, then goes on to portray Festus in TV's "Gunsmoke" and Monk in "Have Gun, Will Travel"
    Dec 13, 1917
    Wesley Tuttle is born in Lamar, Colorado. The guitarist and yodeler works with Merle Travis and The Sons Of The Pioneers, and contributes to the soundtrack of "Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs" before earning a handful of his own mid-1940s hits
    Sep 3, 1918
    Donna King is born in Sanford, Colorado. She becomes a member of the family act The King Sisters, who land more than a dozen songs on the pop charts during the 1940s. They also earn a country hit with a 1946 version of "Divorce Me C.O.D."
    Mar 21, 1919
    Guitarist and songwriter Eddie Kirk is born in Greeley, Colorado. He plays on hits by the likes of Merle Travis, Tennessee Ernie Ford and Hank Thompson, and co-writes the classic "So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed"
    Sep 9, 1926
    Bob Meador is born in Wellington, Colorado. In 1981, he marries the Country Music Association's executive director, Jo Walker-Meador, destined to become a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame
    Apr 30, 1931
    Peter La Farge is born in Fountain, Colorado. A Native American songwriter, he nets a country hit in 1964 when Johnny Cash records "The Ballad Of Ira Hayes"
    May 31, 1943
    Songwriter Wayne Carson is born in Denver. He pens Willie Nelson's "Always On My Mind," Gary Stewart's "She's Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Doubles)," Conway Twitty's "The Clown" and The Box Tops' "The Letter"

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