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  • Mar 20, 1954
    Jim Seales, of Shenandoah, is born in Hamilton, Alabama. The guitarist is a key ingredient to such hits as "Next To Me, Next To You," "The Church On Cumberland Road" and "Two Dozen Roses"
    Apr 15, 1954
    Janet Louise Smith, the one-month-old daughter of future Grand Ole Opry star Jan Howard, dies in Columbus, Ohio, of a cerebral hemorrhage
    Aug 29, 1954
    Ohio's Columbus Citizen reports that Woody Guthrie has just finished a jail sentence at the Columbus City Prison--his 12th jail stay in six weeks, as he rides the railroads illegally. Guthrie also notes in the story that he wrote "Oklahoma Hills"
    May 23, 1955
    "The Pee Wee King Show" debuts on ABC-TV, where it remains for four months. The program originates at WEWS in Cleveland
    Jun 11, 1955
    Mike Daly, of The Gibson/Miller Band, is born in Cleveland, Ohio. He plays steel guitar on both of the act's early-'90s albums. The band wins the Academy of Country Music's Top New Group or Duo honor in 1994 but breaks up later that year
    Sep 5, 1955
    "The Pee Wee King Show," broadcast by ABC from WEWS-TV in Cleveland, concludes a four-month run in the network's prime-time lineup
    Jan 23, 1956
    Singer/songwriter Harley Allen is born in Dayton, Ohio. He writes Alan Jackson's "Between The Devil And Me," Darryl Worley's "Awful, Beautiful Life" and Blake Shelton's "The Baby." He also sings harmonies on The Soggy Bottom Boys' "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow"
    Feb 19, 1956
    Gospel singer Robert Bailey is born in Middletown, Ohio. He provides backing vocals on such hits as George Strait's "You'll Be There," Reba McEntire's "Why Haven't I Heard From You" and Carrie Underwood's "Something In The Water"
    May 28, 1956
    Dobro player Jerry Douglas is born in Warren, Ohio. A member of Alison Krauss + Union Station, he plays on such country hits as Randy Travis' "Diggin' Up Bones," Sara Evans' "Born To Fly," Little Big Town's "Boondocks" and Chris Hillman & Roger McGuinn's "You Ain't Going Nowhere"
    Aug 18, 1956
    Charlie Feathers records "One Hand Loose" with steel player Jody Chastain and guitarist Jerry Huffman at the King Recording Studio in Cincinnati. It ranks among country's 500 greatest singles in a Country Music Foundation book

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