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  • Mar 29, 1924
    Jimmy Work is born in Akron, Ohio. He writes Red Foley's "Tennessee Border" and Kitty Wells' "Makin' Believe," later remade by Emmylou Harris
    Apr 16, 1924
    Henry Mancini is born in Cleveland, Ohio. A composer, arranger and conductor, he receives enormous attention for his work on such movies as "The Pink Panther" and "Love Story," but also co-writes Charley Pride's country hit "All His Children"
    Sep 12, 1924
    Leona Johnson is born in Williamsburg, Ohio. While working as one-half of the duo The Johnson Sisters at WLW Radio in Cincinnati in 1946, she meets her future husband, Chet Atkins
    Nov 11, 1925
    Comedian Jonathan Winters is born in Dayton, Ohio. In 1983, he does a one-season stint as a cast member on TV's syndicated "Hee Haw"
    Jan 7, 1926
    Actor and comedian George Burns marries Gracie Allen in Cleveland, Ohio. More than 50 years later, he notches a country hit with "I Wish I Was Eighteen Again"
    Feb 13, 1926
    Dorothy McGuire is born in Middletown, Ohio. She becomes the oldest member of The McGuire Sisters, a 1950s trio that earns its first hit with "Sincerely," which becomes a country hit 30 years later for The Forester Sisters
    Aug 17, 1927
    E.W. "Bud" Wendell is born in Akron, Ohio. He becomes the manager of the Grand Ole Opry, and eventually the head of Gaylord Entertainment, entering the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998
    Jul 30, 1929
    Christine McGuire is born in Middletown, Ohio. With siblings Dorothy and Phyllis, she forms The McGuire Sisters, a harmony trio that nets a major pop hit with "Sincerely." The song is covered in the 1980s by The Forester Sisters
    Feb 14, 1931
    Phyllis McGuire is born in Middletown, Ohio. She's the youngest of The McGuire Sisters, a trio that comes to prominence in the 1950s by earning a pop hit with "Sincerely," a song later translated to country music by The Forester Sisters
    May 7, 1931
    Pop singer Teresa Brewer is born in Toledo, Ohio. Her singles "Let Me Go, Lover!," "Pledging My Love," "A Tear Fell" and "Empty Arms" are remade as country hits by Hank Snow, Emmylou Harris, Billy "Crash" Craddock and Sonny James, respectively

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