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  • Dec 28, 1846
    Iowa becomes the 29th state in the union. The Hawkeye State produces songwriter Max D. Barnes, singer/songwriter Jack Reno, C.W. McCall, Southern Pacific drummer Keith Knudsen and Boy Howdy drummer Hugh Wright, among others
    May 18, 1902
    Pop songwriter Meredith Willson is born in Mason City, Iowa. Known for "The Music Man" and "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas," he earns a country hit by writing Eddy Arnold's 1951 single "May The Good Lord Bless And Keep You"
    May 26, 1907
    Marion Morrison is born in Winterset, Iowa. Renamed John Wayne for the silver screen, he becomes one of the best-known actors of the 20th century. The Duke is namechecked in Big & Rich's 2004 hit "Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)"
    Jul 18, 1909
    Harriet Snyder is born in Des Moines, Iowa. Following her marriage to Ozzie Nelson, she co-stars in the TV series "The Adventures Of Ozzie & Harriet," which provides a launching pad for the musical career of their son, Ricky Nelson
    Mar 7, 1913
    Banjo player and guitarist Marvin Montgomery is born in Rinard, Iowa. He becomes a steady musician among the early western swing bands, working with Bill Boyd & His Cowboy Ramblers and The Light Crust Doughboys
    May 15, 1913
    Carolyn Brown is born in Marshalltown, Iowa. She is destined to become the first wife of Bill Monroe
    Oct 23, 1925
    TV personality Johnny Carson is born in Corning, Iowa. Best known as the host of "The Tonight Show," he gets namechecked in Jo Dee Messina's 1996 country hit "You're Not In Kansas Anymore"
    Nov 15, 1928
    William Fries is born in Audobon, Iowa. Under the name C.W. McCall, he gains a million-selling novelty hit in 1975 with "Convoy," using the lingo of the trendy CB radio to relate a cross-country trucker caravan
    Dec 3, 1928
    Easy-going pop vocalist Andy Williams is born in Wall Lake, Iowa. His 1959 hit "Lonely Street" is remade for the country market in 1977 by Rex Allen Jr.
    Nov 30, 1935
    Singer/songwriter Jack Reno is born in Bloomfield, Iowa. He earns a Top 10 single in 1968 with "Repeat After Me," and a minor hit in 1971 by covering Vanity Fare's pop single "Hitchin' A Ride"

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