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  • Sep 10, 1794
    Marie Laveau is born in New Orleans. Known as a voodoo practitioner, her name becomes the title of a country hit by Bobby Bare in 1973
    Apr 30, 1812
    Louisiana becomes the 18th state in the union. The Pelican State serves as the birthplace for Trace Adkins, Chris Cagle, Tim McGraw, Kix Brooks, Sammy Kershaw, Joe Stampley, Jimmie Davis, Ted Daffan, Eddy Raven and Hank Williams Jr.
    Jan 8, 1815
    Andrew Jackson leads Americans to victory in a battle against the British, two weeks after the War of 1812 had actually ended. It inspires a folk song, "The Eighth Of January," providing the melody for the Johnny Horton hit "The Battle Of New Orleans"
    Jun 16, 1881
    Marie Laveau dies in New Orleans. A voodoo icon, she lends her name to the title of a 1973 country hit by Bobby Bare
    Oct 2, 1886
    Calvin Robert Tubb is born in Bernice, Louisiana. He later has a son of his own: country singer Ernest Tubb
    Jan 20, 1889
    Huddie Ledbetter is born near Mooringsport, Louisiana. Under the name Lead Belly, he becomes a major blues figure. His song "Goodnight Irene" becomes a country hit twice in 1950, for Moon Mullican, and for Ernest Tubb & Red Foley
    Oct 6, 1893
    Jazz entertainer and songwriter Clarence Williams is born in Plaquemin, Louisiana. Noted for his work with Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller, he also writes "My Bucket's Got A Hole In It," a country hit for Hank Williams, T. Texas Tyler and Ricky Nelson
    Jan 17, 1897
    Sam Jones Davis marries Sara Works in Louisiana. The couple becomes the parents of future Country Music Hall of Famer--and Louisiana governor--Jimmie Davis
    Mar 11, 1898
    Creole accordion player Amede Ardoin is born in L'Anse Rougeau, Louisiana. He joins fiddler Dennis McGee to record the Cajun "One Step Des Chameaux," ranked in a Country Music Foundation book among country's 500 greatest singles
    Sep 11, 1899
    Jimmie Davis is born in Beech Springs, Louisiana. The two-time governor of the Bayou State is best known for writing "You Are My Sunshine," which helps him gain entry into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1972

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