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  • Feb 6, 1788
    Massachusetts becomes the sixth state to ratify the Constitution. The Bay State becomes a birthplace for Dixie Chick Emily Robison, Jo Dee Messina, Alabama's Mark Herndon, songwriter/producer Robert Ellis Orrall and bluegrass' Peter Rowan
    Mar 10, 1876
    Alexander Graham Bell has his first successful telephone transmission in Boston, asking for help from his assistant, Mr. Watson. More than a century later, Bell gets name-checked for his invention in Reba McEntire's "Why Haven't I Heard From You"
    Jul 10, 1894
    Songwriter Jimmy McHugh is born in Boston. Associated with Harlem's Cotton Club, he hits the country charts as a writer of Ella Fitzgerald's "When My Sugar Walks Down The Street" and Jimmy Wakely's "When You And I Were Young Maggie Blues"
    Jul 25, 1894
    Character actor Walter Brennan is born in Swampscott, Massachusetts. He appears in well over 150 movies, playing Grandpa in TV's "The Real McCoys." He also nets a pop and country hit with his 1962 recitation "Old Rivers"
    Jul 14, 1899
    Songwriter Billy Hill is born in Boston, Massachusetts. He writes Jimmie Rodgers' "Prairie Lullaby" and Jim Reeves & Patsy Cline's "Have You Ever Been Lonely (Have You Ever Been Blue)"
    Jun 25, 1900
    Songwriter Joe Beal is born in Braintree, Massachusetts. He's best known for writing the Bobby Helms Christmas classic "Jingle Bell Rock"
    Mar 12, 1912
    Musical arranger Paul Weston is born in Springfield, Massachusetts. A future Capitol Records executive, he will marry Jo Stafford, a pop singer who earns a country hit with "Feudin' And Fightin'"
    Sep 22, 1913
    Cole Porter enrolls in Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He lasts only one year, turning instead to music, where he writes the Gene Autry country hit "Don't Fence Me In"
    Jun 14, 1914
    Cole Porter finishes a year of Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he scored low grades. Eventually, he earns high marks as a songwriter. His efforts include the Gene Autry hit "Don't Fence Me In"
    Mar 30, 1915
    Singer/songwriter Paul Roberts is born in Dorchester, Massachusetts. A soldier during World War II, he authors "There's A Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere," a war-time hit for both Elton Britt and Jimmy Wakely

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