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  • Jun 23, 1848
    Setting the stage for Boots Randolph, inventor Antoine Joseph Sax patents the saxophone in France
    Mar 31, 1889
    "There's only one Eiffel Tower..." Paris observes the inauguration of the French landmark, destined to inspire lines in T.G. Sheppard's 1982 country hit "Only One You," Brad Paisley's 2012 single "Southern Comfort Zone" and Thomas Rhett's 2015 release "Die A Happy Man"
    Feb 7, 1894
    Antoine Sax dies in Paris, France. He invented the saxophone, an instrument that will provide a career for Nashville session player Boots Randolph
    Aug 22, 1911
    Leonardo Da Vinci's painting of the Mona Lisa is stolen from the Louvre in Paris, France. The masterpiece is an inspiration for Moon Mullican's "Mona Lisa" and David Allan Coe's "Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile," and weaves its way into the lyrics of T.G. Sheppard's "Only One You"
    Dec 16, 1918
    Songwriter Pierre Delanoe is born in Paris, France. He writes the original French lyrics to "Je t'appartiens," a song that gets translated as "Let It Be Me." It becomes a pop hit for The Everly Brothers and a country hit twice: for Glen Campbell & Bobbie Gentry in 1969 and for Willie Nelson in 1982
    May 22, 1924
    Singer/songwriter Charles Aznavour is born in Paris. The French pop figure has his songs recorded by the likes of traditional-pop singers Vic Damone and Liza Minnelli, but gains a country hit when Roy Clark cuts "Yesterday, When I Was Young"
    Sep 21, 1927
    Songwriter Gilles Thibault is born in Paris, France. He co-writes "Comme De'Habitude," a song that Paul Anka re-writes as "My Way." The latter title becomes a signature song for Frank Sinatra and a posthumous country hit for Elvis Presley
    Oct 24, 1927
    Songwriter Gilbert Becaud is born in Toulon, France. He writes "Let It Be Me," which becomes a country hit three times: for The Everly Brothers, for Glen Campbell & Bobbie Gentry and for Willie Nelson
    Sep 28, 1934
    Actress Brigitte Bardot is born in Paris, France. Recognized as one of the sexiest stars in cinema history, she's namechecked in The Bellamy Brothers' 1981 hit "You're My Favorite Star"
    Jun 6, 1944
    Allied troops invade Normandy, France, during a World War II battle better known as D-Day. Marine Ferlin Husky is among the Americans who hit the shore. Future Opry star Vic Willis is injured in the battle and receives a purple heart and bronze star

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