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  • Feb 2, 1934
    Bass player Skip Battin is born in Gallipolis, Ohio. In 1969, he replaces John York in The Byrds, a year after the seminal country-rock band records "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo" and performs on the Grand Ole Opry
    Feb 24, 1935
    Marshall Jones performs a show in Akron, which is caught by Bradley Kincaid. In short order, Kincaid brings Jones to Boston to perform on radio station WBZ, where he's renamed "Grandpa" Jones
    Apr 7, 1935
    Bobby Bare is born near Ironton, Ohio. He earns a reputation as a champion for songwriters and for quality songs, garnering hits with "500 Miles Away From Home," "Marie Laveau" and "Detroit City," which earns him a Grammy in 1963. He joins the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013
    Jun 10, 1935
    Alcoholics Anonymous is started in Ohio. The agency is an inspiration for Diamond Rio's "You're Gone," Kenny Chesney's "That's Why I'm Here" and Collin Raye's "Little Rock," and coins the phrase "one day at a time," leading to a Cristy Lane hit
    Dec 21, 1935
    TV talk show host Phil Donahue is born in Cleveland, Ohio. He gets namechecked on country radio in 1995 when Terri Clark releases her debut single, "Better Things To Do," with a reference to his syndicated show
    Mar 16, 1936
    Songwriter Fred Neil is born in Cleveland, Ohio. He writes the Nilsson single "Everybody's Talkin'" and the Charly McClain and Mickey Gilley duet "Candy Man"
    Sep 9, 1936
    Earl Scott is born in Youngstown, Ohio. He picks up a 1962 hit with a recording of the Warner Mack-penned "Then A Tear Fell"
    Mar 1, 1937
    Nineteen-year-old Merle Travis works a show with Clayton McMichen in Columbus, Ohio, leaving mining work behind in Kentucky for a career as a musician
    Apr 12, 1937
    Merle Travis marries Mary Johnson in Cincinnati. Clayton McMichen takes the role of Travis' father at the wedding, and fiddler Bert Layne, of McMichen's band the Georgia Wildcats, gives the bride away
    Oct 9, 1937
    The Coon Creek Girls make their concert debut at the Cincinnati Music Hall

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