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  • Aug 23, 1785
    Navy officer Oliver Hazard Perry is born in Rhode Island. A hero in the War of 1812, he will be namechecked in Elton Britt's 1942 country hit "There's A Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere"
    May 29, 1790
    Rhode Island becomes the 13th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. The birthplace of Billy Gilman, Little Rhody is also the home of the Newport Folk Festival, which features key moments for Earl Scruggs, Johnny Cash, Chet Atkins and Bob Dylan
    Jun 29, 1901
    Actor Nelson Eddy is born in Providence, Rhode Island. Along with Jeanette MacDonald, he introduces "Indian Love Call" and the title song in the movie "Rose Marie." Both songs become country hits for Slim Whitman
    Aug 1, 1910
    Songwriter Jimmie Crane is born in Providence, Rhode Island. He authors "Hurt," which becomes a country hit for Connie Cato, for Elvis Presley and for Juice Newton. Crane also writes Margo Smith's "If I Give My Heart To You"
    Aug 16, 1913
    Songwriter and arranger Joseph Lilley is born in Providence, Rhode Island. He goes on to co-write the western classic "Jingle! Jangle! Jingle!"
    Nov 16, 1921
    Songwriter Ben Weisman is born in Providence, Rhode Island. He becomes proficient at landing Elvis Presley cuts, but also generates country hits with Jim Reeves' "My Lips Are Sealed" and Carl Smith's "Satisfaction Guaranteed"
    Jan 9, 1948
    Pop singer Billy Cowsill, of The Cowsills, is born in Middletown, Rhode Island. The group, best known for its 1967 hit "The Rain, The Park & Other Things," scores a year later with "Indian Lake," which will be remade as a country hit by Freddy Weller
    Sep 14, 1954
    Barry Cowsill, of the pop group The Cowsills, is born in Newport, Rhode Island. The group scores hits with "The Rain, The Park & Other Things," "Hair" and "Indian Lake," which is remade several years later as a country hit by Freddy Weller
    Mar 2, 1956
    The Cowsills' John Cowsill is born in Newport, Rhode Island. Best known for "The Rain, The Park & Other Things," The Cowsills also notch a 1968 hit with "Indian Lake," destined for country success when it's covered by Freddy Weller
    Aug 2, 1957

    Guitarist Les Dudek is born in Rhode Island. He plays on The Allman Brothers Band's 1972 hit "Ramblin Man," referenced in Rascal Flatts' "Me And My Gang," The Eli Young Band's "Always The Love Songs" and Brad Paisley's collaboration with Keith Urban, "Start A Band"


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