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  • Oct 17, 1941
    Earl Thomas Conley is born in Portsmouth, Ohio. After writing hits for Conway Twitty and Mel Street, he fashions a string of his own tuneful singles in the 1980s, including "Fire & Smoke," "That Was A Close One" and "Your Love's On The Line"
    Feb 5, 1942
    NFL quarterback Roger Staubach is born in Cincinnati, Ohio. A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he's namechecked in the Mark Wills hit "19 Somethin'"
    Apr 9, 1942
    Margo Smith is born in Dayton, Ohio. Tabbed the Tennessee Yodeler, she grabs eight hits in the 1970s--mostly remakes, including covers of "Don't Break The Heart That Loves You," "It Only Hurts For A Little While" and "Little Things Mean A Lot"
    Jul 14, 1942
    Songwriter Rory Bourke is born in Cleveland, Ohio. He authors Charlie Rich's "The Most Beautiful Girl," Jo Dee Messina's "Bye Bye," Anne Murray's "A Little Good News" and George Strait's "You Look So Good In Love"
    Nov 16, 1942
    Record executive Rick Blackburn is born in Cincinnati. From 1980-1987, he heads CBS Records' country division, working with Ricky Skaggs, Willie Nelson and Rosanne Cash. In 1989, he takes the helm at Atlantic, handling Tracy Lawrence, Neal McCoy and John Michael Montgomery
    Feb 12, 1943
    Guitarist Jack Solomon is born in Columbus, Ohio. The husband of Melba Montgomery, he plays on her hits "No Charge" and "Don't Let The Good Times Fool You," plus recordings by B.J. Thomas, Mel Tillis and Ernest Tubb
    Aug 10, 1943
    Guitarist Jimmy Griffin is born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He joins the 1970s pop band Bread and spends the early-1990s as a member of The Remingtons, who earn a country hit with "A Long Time Ago"
    Sep 1, 1943
    Grandpa Jones and Merle Travis record the first music for Syd Nathan's new label, King Records, in Dayton, Ohio. They use assumed names to hide their identity from radio station WLW, which has them under contract
    Nov 10, 1943
    Syd Nathan's Cincinnati-based Queen Records releases its first singles. Four years later, Nathan changes the label's name to King Records
    Feb 29, 1944
    Actor/comedian Smiley Burnette has lunch in Cincinnati with WLW performer Merle Travis, where he convinces Travis that he should live in California. The guitarist leaves for the west coast the next day

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