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  • Dec 7, 1787
    Delaware becomes the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. "Best Shot" artist Jimmie Allen and "Stealing Cinderella" singer Chuck Wicks are born in the Diamond State, as is songwriter Jeff Crossan, who writes Ronnie McDowell's "You're Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation"
    Aug 18, 1918
    Gilbert "Cisco" Houston is born in Wilmington, Delaware. He becomes a singing partner and co-conspirator of Woody Guthrie, the two writing "Cocaine Blues," a 1948 country hit for Roy Hogsed
    Jul 18, 1930
    Percussionist Thomas "Papa Dee" Allen is born in Wilmington, Delaware. His participation in the R&B band War gives him songwriting credit on "Vacation," a Thomas Rhett gold single built around the signature riff on "Low Rider"
    Oct 28, 1939
    Model Sara Lownds is born in Wilmington, Delaware, with the given name Shirley Marlin Noznisky. She becomes the first wife of singer/songwriter Bob Dylan, whom she meets in 1964, the same year he writes the Johnny Cash hit "It Ain't Me, Babe"
    Feb 6, 1943
    Woody Guthrie and Marjorie Mazia have a daughter, Cathy Ann Guthrie, in Wilmington, Delaware
    Apr 15, 1943
    Woody Guthrie picks up Marjorie Mazia from her home in Wilmington, Delaware, and takes her back to New York. The couple has a two-month-old child, although they are still legally married to other spouses
    Mar 22, 1956
    Carl Perkins suffers a broken collarbone, a concussion and cuts when the Chrysler transporting his band to New York for "The Perry Como Show" back-ends a truck in Delaware. Also injured in the accident are brothers Clayton and Jay Perkins
    Mar 23, 1956
    Elvis Presley sends a telegram from Richmond, Virginia, to Carl Perkins at General Hospital in Dover, Delaware, where he's recovering from a car accident: "Our wishes are for a speedy recovery for you and the boys"
    Sep 3, 1972
    Lester Flatt invites 13-year-old Marty Stuart to become a member of his band, the Nashville Grass, in Glasgow, Delaware. Stuart accepts
    May 15, 1976
    Nine months after Hank Williams Jr. nearly died in a 500-foot fall on a Montana mountain, he returns to the concert stage with a show in Clayton, Delaware

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