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  • Sep 20, 1949
    Record producer Garth Fundis is born in Lawrence, Kansas. His credits include: Don Williams' "I Believe In You," Collin Raye's "In This Life," Keith Whitley's "I'm No Stranger To The Rain" and Trisha Yearwood's "She's In Love With The Boy"
    Oct 1, 1951
    Songwriter Chip Hardy is born in Scott City, Kansas. He writes three early-'80s hits for The Whites: "Hangin' Around," "Pins And Needles" and "You Put The Blue In Me"
    Sep 21, 1952
    Kenneth Trebbe is born in Topeka, Kansas. Under the name Kenny Starr, he has a 1975 country hit with "The Blind Man In The Bleachers." The song is simultaneously a pop hit for David Geddes
    Feb 19, 1957
    Lorianne Crook is born in Wichita, Kansas. She co-hosts a series of TV and radio shows with Charlie Chase in syndication and on TNN, including "Crook & Chase" and "Music City Tonight"
    Apr 24, 1957
    Red Foley is grand marshal of a parade in Protection, Kansas
    Jul 10, 1960
    Drummer "Hawk" Shaw Wilson is born in Topeka, Kansas. He co-founds BR549, a high-energy band that mines traditional country on lower Broadway in Nashville during the 1990s, becoming a critical favorite and scoring Grammy nominations
    Nov 26, 1960
    Hawkshaw Hawkins marries Jean Shepard on stage at The Forum in Wichita, Kansas. Hawkins' best man: Capitol executive, record producer and future Country Hall of Fame member Ken Nelson
    May 29, 1961
    Rock singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge is born in Leavenworth, Kansas. A gritty, powerful vocalist, she finds her way into the country charts when Trisha Yearwood scores a minor hit with her song "You Can Sleep While I Drive" in 1995
    Mar 17, 1963
    A Grand Ole Opry road show pays homage to Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins at the Memorial Building in Kansas City, Kansas, where they gave their final concert 12 days prior. The tribute comes at the end of a concert, with Tex Ritter performing "I Dreamed Of A Hill-billy Heaven"
    Apr 25, 1965
    Rory Feek is born in Atchison, Kansas. He forms the duo Joey+Rory with his wife, Joey Martin, and authors Blake Shelton's "Some Beach," Clay Walker's "The Chain Of Love" and Easton Corbin's "A Little More Country Than That"

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