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  • Dec 28, 1960
    Marty Roe is born in Lebanon, Ohio. He becomes the lead singer of Diamond Rio, whose tight harmonies, strong musicianship and hook-filled songs bring Vocal Group honors from the Country Music Association four times
    May 22, 1961
    Bass player Dana Williams is born in Dayton, Ohio. He joins Diamond Rio, a band that wins the Country Music Association's Vocal Group award three times. Members of the Grand Ole Opry, the band thrives on tight instrumentation and strong harmonies
    Nov 20, 1961
    Pop piano player Jim Brickman is born in Cleveland, Ohio. He achieves a country hit when Martina McBride provides the vocals for his recording "Valentine" in 1996
    Sep 10, 1962
    Hawkshaw Hawkins records the Justin Tubb-penned "Lonesome 7-7203" at the King Studios in Cincinnati, Ohio. He also cuts a version of "Silver Threads And Golden Needles," destined to become a hit for Linda Ronstadt, in his final session
    Sep 12, 1962
    Hawkshaw Hawkins holds his final recording session at the King Recording Studio in Cincinnati. Among the four songs on the date is "Silver Threads And Golden Needles"
    Sep 23, 1962
    Multi-instrumentalist Don Herron is born in Steubenville, Ohio. He joins BR549, a band that gains attention on lower Broadway in Nashville in the mid-1990s. The group's "Little Ramona (Gone Hillbilly Nuts)" is named among the 500 greatest country singles in the Country Music Foundation book "Heartaches By The Number"
    Oct 8, 1962
    Tim Hensley is born in Cincinnati, Ohio. A longtime member of Kenny Chesney and Patty Loveless' road bands, Hensley writes Loveless' 2000 country hit "That's The Kind Of Mood I'm In"
    Aug 4, 1963
    Connie Smith wins a talent contest in Columbus, Ohio, and gains the attention of guest artist Bill Anderson, who helps her get her first recording contract
    Sep 1, 1963
    Engineer/producer Marty Williams is born in Cincinnati, Ohio. After engineering albums for such artists as Faith Hill, Vince Gill and Jo Dee Messina, he produces the first hits for Rascal Flatts and Josh Gracin
    Sep 17, 1963
    The Stanley Brothers record "Don't Cheat In Our Hometown" in Cincinnati, Ohio. The song is remade two decades later by Stanley admirer Ricky Skaggs

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