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  • Sep 4, 1781
    Los Angeles is founded by Spanish settlers. It becomes a music capital--the home base for numerous labels, and a recording site for Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam, Elvis Presley, Glen Campbell and Emmylou Harris, among others
    Apr 4, 1850
    The city of Los Angeles is incorporated. It becomes a major music center, a home to such acts as Gene Autry and Dwight Yoakam, and a recording site for the likes of Buck Owens, Glen Campbell, Merle Haggard and Bob Wills
    Sep 9, 1850
    California becomes the 31st state to join the union. The Golden State's natives include Merle Haggard, Gary Allan, Lee Greenwood, Johnny Horton, Jon Pardi and Desert Rose Band founder Chris Hillman
    Nov 23, 1889
    The Pacific Phonograph Company installs the world's first jukebox at San Francisco's Palais Royal Hotel. The device plays a role in such hits as Alan Jackson's "Don't Rock The Jukebox," Eddie Rabbitt's "Two Dollars In The Jukebox," Olivia Newton-John's "Please Mr. Please" and Doug Stone's "A Jukebox With A Country Song"
    Mar 15, 1897
    The Los Angeles chapter of the American Federation of Musicians is founded. The city provides a recording site for Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Elvis Presley, Glen Campbell, Dolly Parton and Dwight Yoakam, among others
    Jan 22, 1903
    Songwriter Al Jacobs is born in San Francisco, California. He pens the Margo Smith hit "If I Give My Heart To You" as well as "Hurt," successful on the country charts for Elvis Presley, Connie Cato and Juice Newton
    Jul 1, 1908
    Alvino Rey, the King of the Swing Guitar, is born in Oakland, California. One of pop music's first electric guitarists, he plays in the house band for Gene Autry's radio show during the '50s and backs Elvis Presley on "Can't Help Falling In Love"
    Oct 3, 1908
    Lyricist Johnny Burke is born in Antioch, California. Known for such standards as "Pennies From Heaven" and "Swing On A Star," he also pens the words to Erroll Garner's "Misty," which becomes a country hit for Ray Stevens in 1975
    Jul 17, 1909
    Songwriter Oakley Haldeman is born in Alhambra, California. He co-writes the Gene Autry hits "Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane)" and "I Wish I Had Never Met Sunshine"
    Aug 10, 1909
    Instrument innovator Leo Fender is born in Buena Park, California. His brand of guitar and keyboard are played by numerous country artists, and one Baldemar Huerta adopts his last name for his own stage name: Freddy Fender

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