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  • Feb 5, 1881
    The city of Phoenix is incorporated in Arizona. It provides a birthplace for Dierks Bentley, Jessi Colter, Jody Miller and McBride & The Ride's Ray Herndon. Its club circuit also serves as a launching pad for Marty Robbins and Waylon Jennings
    Feb 14, 1912
    Arizona becomes the 48th state in the union. The Grand Canyon State provides a birthplace for Dierks Bentley, Marty Robbins, Jessi Colter, Rex Allen, Michelle Branch, Michael Peterson and Linda Ronstadt, among others
    Dec 15, 1913
    Fiddler Kenneth Pitts is born in San Simon, Arizona. He becomes a member of the western-swing troop The Light Crust Doughboys
    Jun 5, 1914
    Songwriter Stan Jones is born in Douglas, Arizona. He authors the standard "Riders In The Sky," which becomes a hit for Vaughn Monroe and Johnny Cash, plus the title song for a Gene Autry movie
    Apr 4, 1915
    Dorothy Fay Southworth is born in Prescott, Arizona. She acts in numerous western movies under the name Dorothy Fay and ends up marrying one of her co-stars, future Country Music Hall of Famer Tex Ritter. She also gives birth to actor John Ritter
    Dec 31, 1920
    Rex Allen is born in Willcox, Arizona. Considered the last of the singing cowboys, the western performer enjoys a handful of hits, including 1953's "Crying In The Chapel" and 1962's "Don't Go Near The Indians"
    Jan 12, 1923
    Ira Hayes is born in Sacaton, Arizona. He is one of the six soldiers who raises the flag on Mt. Suribachi during the invasion of Iwo Jima, but he struggles afterward with the mantle of heroism. His story inspires Johnny Cash's "The Ballad Of Ira Hayes"
    Sep 26, 1925
    Martin Robinson is born in Glendale, Arizona. Under the name Marty Robbins, he brings a smooth style and confident swagger to country, mixing pop crossover material, western story songs and country ballads, ultimately landing in the Country Music Hall of Fame
    Dec 20, 1926
    Ola Smith is born in Benson, Arizona. She is destined to marry Paul Westmoreland, the writer of the Spade Cooley hit "Detour." She also performs regularly in her husband's Sacramento nightclub, the Detour In
    May 25, 1928
    Bob Nolan graduates from Tucson High School in Arizona. He writes "Cool Water" and "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" as a member of The Sons Of The Pioneers

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