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  • Mar 1, 1944
    Merle Travis ends a six-year stint on Cincinnati's WLW Radio. Fellow employee Hank Penny drives him to the train station, and Travis moves to California the same day
    Mar 4, 1944
    R&B singer Bobby Womack is born in Cleveland, Ohio. He writes The Rolling Stones' 1964 pop hit "It's All Over Now," which John Anderson remakes for the country audience in 1985
    May 9, 1944
    Richie Furay is born in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He becomes a founding member of Buffalo Springfield and Poco, two bands that play a pioneering role in the development of country-rock
    Jun 5, 1945
    Chet Atkins begins working an on-air shift at Cincinnati radio station WLW
    Nov 20, 1946
    Songwriter Even Stevens is born in Lewistown, Ohio. A co-writer of most of Eddie Rabbitt's hits, he also authors The Oak Ridge Boys' "No Matter How High," Kenny Rogers' "Love Will Turn You Around" and Conway Twitty's "Crazy In Love," joining the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015
    Sep 5, 1947
    Songwriter/producer Louis "Chip" Davis is born in Hamler, Ohio. The founder of new age act Mannheim Steamroller, he co-writes the million-seller "Convoy" and produces the artist who performs it, C.W. McCall
    Jan 13, 1948
    Cincinnati's WLW debuts TV's "Midwestern Hayride"
    Jan 30, 1948
    Airplane inventor Orville Wright dies of heart failure in Dayton, Ohio. He's referenced in the 2001 Trick Pony hit "Just What I Do"
    Dec 22, 1948
    Hank Williams records "Lovesick Blues" in Cincinnati at the E.T. Herzog Studio
    Feb 24, 1949
    Record producer Steve Buckingham is born in Columbus, Ohio. His credits include Ricky Van Shelton's "Life Turned Her That Way," Sweethearts Of The Rodeo's "Blue To The Bone" and Rick Trevino's "Running Out Of Reasons To Run"

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