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  • Jul 15, 1913
    Lloyd "Cowboy" Copas is born in Blue Creek, Ohio. Dubbed the Waltz King of the Grand Ole Opry, he fashions such hits as "Filipino Baby" and "Alabam." He dies in the same 1963 plane crash that kills Patsy Cline
    Jan 14, 1919
    Actor/songwriter Joe Seneca is born in Cleveland, Ohio. Cast in such films as "Kramer Vs. Kramer" and "Silverado," he writes the pop hits "Talk To Me" and "Break It To Me Gently," which become country hits for Mickey Gilley and Juice Newton
    Apr 1, 1919
    Accordion player Larry "Pedro" DePaul is born in Cleveland, Ohio. He becomes a significant arranger and musician in western swing, performing on hits by Spade Cooley and Tex Williams
    Jul 7, 1919
    Bass player Evelyn "Daisy" Lange is born in St. Henry, Ohio. She becomes a member of The Coon Creek Girls, the first all-female stringband, which forms in 1937 for "The Renfro Valley Barn Dance" in Cincinnati
    Mar 29, 1920
    Steel guitarist Jerry Byrd is born in Lima, Ohio. Among his recordings: Hank Williams' "Lovesick Blues," Eddy Arnold's "Tennessee Stud," Red Foley's "Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy" and The Everly Brothers' "Bird Dog"
    Oct 17, 1920
    Chester and Lester Buchanan are born in Canton, Ohio. Raised in Georgia, they perform under the banner The Buchanan Brothers, gaining a Top 10 hit in 1946 with "Atomic Power," inspired by the bombing of Hiroshima
    Mar 22, 1922
    WLW Radio begins broadcasting in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1937, the station launches "The Renfro Valley Barn Dance," key in the careers of Red Foley, Homer & Jethro, Whitey Ford and The Coon Creek Girls
    Apr 3, 1922
    Doris Day is born in Cincinnati, Ohio. She's the first to have hits with two songs that go on to success in country music: "Secret Love," a future hit for Freddy Fender; and "If I Give My Heart To You," revived by Margo Smith
    Aug 16, 1922
    R&B piano player Ernie Freeman is born in Cleveland, Ohio. He scores one country hit during his career with his 1958 cover of the instrumental "Raunchy"
    Sep 8, 1922
    Mary Ann Ashbrook is born in Ross County, Ohio. Her offspring include a Country Music Hall of Fame member, singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson

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