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  • May 31, 1938
    Donald Lytle is born in Greenfield, Ohio. As Johnny Paycheck, he becomes one of country's most colorful stars as his legal run-ins coincide with his membership in the "outlaw" movement. He's best known for 1977's "Take This Job And Shove It"
    Aug 2, 1938
    John Gummoe is born in Cleveland, Ohio. He becomes a member of the 1960s pop group The Cascades, writing their biggest hit, "Rhythm Of The Rain" The song becomes a country single after it's covered in 1978 by Jacky Ward
    Aug 8, 1938
    Gene Autry visits the Kenton Hardware Company in Ohio, where key parts are made for the fast-selling Gene Autry repeating cap pistol. The singer and his horse, Champion, perform five shows at the Kenton Theatre
    Mar 20, 1939
    The Four Guys' Samuel Wellington is born in Steubenville, Ohio. The group joins the Grand Ole Opry in 1967
    Mar 25, 1939
    Merle and Mary Travis have a daughter, Patricia Adeline Travis, in Cincinnati
    Jul 28, 1939
    The Four Guys' "Harold" Brent Burkett is born in Steubenville, Ohio. The group joins the Grand Ole Opry in 1967
    Sep 6, 1939
    David Allan Coe is born in Akron, Ohio, an event he calls "the first of a long line of crimes I was to be convicted for" in his autobiography. He pens "Take This Job And Shove It" and "Would You Lay With Me (In A Field Of Stone)," and records "The Ride" and the "perfect country & western song," "You Never Even Called Me By My Name"
    Apr 30, 1940
    Singer/songwriter Darrell McCall is born in New Jasper, Ohio. He writes Hank Williams Jr.'s 1972 hit "Eleven Roses" and plays on several Ray Price hits, including "Night Life," "Pride" and "Make The World Go Away"
    May 18, 1940
    Keyboard player Larry McCoy is born in Middletown, Ohio. He contributes to Johnny Cash's 1976 hit "One Piece At A Time," plus Cash's duet with Waylon Jennings, "There Ain't No Good Chain Gang"
    Apr 28, 1941
    Evelyn "Daisy" Lange, of The Coon Creek Girls, marries Norman Wayne Perry in North Star, Ohio

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