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  • Jun 15, 1836
    Arkansas becomes the 25th state to join the union. The Land Of Opportunity yields such country figures as Johnny Cash, K.T. Oslin, Ed Bruce, Collin Raye, Justin Moore, Charlie Rich, Jim Ed Brown, Glen Campbell and Joe Nichols
    Jan 26, 1880
    General Douglas MacArthur is born in Little Rock, Arkansas. He gives a speech in 1951 that inspires Gene Autry to write the country hit "Old Soldiers Never Die"
    Feb 6, 1881
    Barty Lee Brown is born on a farm near Potts Station, Arkansas. His son, Milton Brown, is destined to be a leader in the creation of western swing with Milton Brown's Musical Brownies, which also features another son, Derwood Brown
    Nov 20, 1887
    Eck Robertson is born in Delaney, Arkansas. In 1922, the fiddler joins his friend Henry Gilliland to record 12 sides in New York for the Victor label, making them the first performers to record country music
    Dec 14, 1889
    Fiddler Bert Layne is born in Arkansas. He's a founding member of Gid Tanner & The Skillet Lickers, playing on "Bully Of The Town," ranked among country's greatest singles in the Country Music Foundation book "Heartaches By The Number"
    Feb 7, 1891
    Carrie Brooks is born in Gravett, Arkansas. After marrying David "Dad" Carter, she becomes the matriarch of the family group The Chuck Wagon Gang
    Oct 30, 1891
    Clifton Clowers is born in Conway, Arkansas. His nephew, Merle Kilgore, later makes him the subject of a hit he writes for Claude King, "Wolverton Mountain"
    May 13, 1897
    Ray Cash is born in Rison, Arkansas. At age 34, he has a son, Johnny Cash, and eight years later, sires Tommy Cash. His granddaughter is Rosanne Cash
    Mar 13, 1904
    Carrie Rivers is born in Kingsland, Arkansas. She becomes the mother of Johnny Cash and Tommy Cash, and grandmother of Rosanne Cash
    Jun 20, 1907
    Jimmy Driftwood is born, with the given name James Morris, near Mountain View, Arkansas. Briefly a member of the Grand Ole Opry, he writes Johnny Horton's "The Battle Of New Orleans" and Eddy Arnold's "Tennessee Stud"

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