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  • Mar 3, 1845
    Florida becomes the 27th state to join the union. The Sunshine State provides a birthplace for The Bellamy Brothers, Mel Tillis, John Anderson, Aaron Tippin, Michael Ray, Gram Parsons, Billy Dean and Sawyer Brown's Gregg Hubbard, among others
    Nov 21, 1903
    Lucy Dora Mahon is born in Dover, Florida. Her children will include a future country singer, Slim Whitman
    Nov 17, 1911
    Wiley Walker is born in Laurel Hill, Florida. Alongside Gene Sullivan, he forms a duo in Dallas in 1939. They record the original version of "When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again," and score a 1946 hit with "Make Room In Your Heart For A Friend"
    Feb 19, 1913
    Bass player and comedian Howard Watts is born in Monticello, Florida. Using the stage name Cedric Rainwater, he plays with Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, Ray Price's Cherokee Cowboys and Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys
    Jul 11, 1915
    Colin Kelly is born in Madison, Florida. A fighter pilot regarded as one of the first American heroes of World War II, he's immortalized in the lyrics of Elton Britt's 1942 hit "There's A Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere"
    Oct 2, 1915
    Fiddler Chubby Wise is born in Lake City, Florida. A member of Bill Monroe's band when he introduces bluegrass in 1945, Wise works with Flatt & Scruggs and Hank Williams and spends 16 years as a member of Hank Snow's band
    Feb 15, 1918
    Hank Locklin is born in McLellan, Florida. A 1960 addition to the Grand Ole Opry, he earns 10 Top 10 hits from 1949-1967, led by "Please Help Me, I'm Falling"
    Apr 11, 1921
    Singer and actress Dorothy Shay is born in Jacksonville, Florida. Often referred to as the Park Avenue Hillbilly, she earns her only country hit with a 1947 performance of "Feudin' And Fightin'"
    Jan 20, 1923
    Otis Whitman is born in Tampa. Known professionally as Slim Whitman, the yodeler joins "The Louisiana Hayride" and scores eight hits in the 1950s, extending his career in the early-1980s by marketing his recordings on television commercials
    Apr 28, 1924
    Drummer Calvin "Eagle Eye" Shields is born in Jacksonville, Florida. In addition to blues recordings by Wynonie Harris and Little Willie John, he plays on country hits by Moon Mullican and Hawkshaw Hawkins through his association with King Records

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