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  • Jun 6, 1755
    Nathan Hale is born in Coventry, Connecticut. Widely regarded as the first American spy, he's recognized in the lyrics of Elton Britt's 1942 hit "There's A Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere"
    Jan 9, 1788
    Connecticut becomes the fifth state to join the union. The Constitution State provides a recording location for Exile's "I Can't Get Close Enough" and a birthplace for drummer Rich Redmond, piano player Matt Rollings and bass player Ernie Newton
    Dec 31, 1885
    Pop songwriter Edgar Leslie is born in Stamford, Connecticut. Noted for such titles as "Moon Over Miami" and "For Me And My Gal," he also authors "Among My Souvenirs," retooled for the country charts by Marty Robbins in 1976
    Nov 7, 1909
    Bass player Ernie Newton is born in Hartford, Connecticut. He plays on Red Foley's "Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy," Hank Snow's "I'm Moving On," Webb Pierce's "In The Jailhouse Now" and Hank Williams' "You Win Again," among others
    Dec 26, 1909
    Old West painter Frederic Remington dies in Ridgefield, Connecticut. He's remembered in the lyrics of Ed Bruce's 1980 country hit "The Last Cowboy Song"
    Apr 21, 1910
    American author Mark Twain dies in Redding, Connecticut. Noted for such books as "The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer" and "The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn," he's threaded into the lyrics of a 2015 Keith Urban country single, "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16"
    Nov 28, 1911
    The first Cole Porter musical, "Cora," is staged at the Phi Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut. Porter goes on to become one of Broadway's biggest composers and to write the Gene Autry hit "Don't Fence Me In"
    Jan 4, 1916
    Composer Lionel Newman is born in New Haven, Connecticut. An Oscar-winning contributor to more than 200 movies and TV shows, he writes the theme to "River Of No Return," a 1954 country hit for Tennessee Ernie Ford
    Aug 6, 1917
    Actor Robert Mitchum is born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The star of such films as "River Of No Return," "Cape Fear" and "Thunder Road," he earns a country hit in 1967 with "Little Old Wine Drinker Me"
    Apr 29, 1930
    Drummer Joe Porcaro is born in Hartford, Connecticut. A session musician and instructor, he plays on Glen Campbell's 1977 hit "Southern Nights"

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