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  • Aug 1, 1779
    Songwriter Francis Scott Key is born on his parents' plantation in Frederick, Maryland. During the War of 1812, he will write "The Star-Spangled Banner," which numerous country artists will eventually perform at sports events in future centuries
    Apr 28, 1788
    Maryland becomes the seventh state to join the union. The Free State is the birthplace for Brothers Osborne, Rose Lee Maphis, songwriters Cheryl Wheeler and Jerry Leiber, and session musicians Sonny Garrish and Eddie Bayers
    Sep 14, 1814
    Francis Scott Key writes "The Star-Spangled Banner" after seeing the British military attack Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland. It becomes a standard feature of sports events the following century, performed by Trisha Yearwood, LeAnn Rimes, Martina McBride and Brad Paisley, among many others
    Jan 11, 1843
    Attorney Francis Scott Key dies in his sleep in Baltimore, Maryland. Three decades prior, he wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner" during the War of 1812, providing future country singers music to perform at sports events
    Jul 2, 1881
    Charles Giteau shoots president James Garfield in a Baltimore train station, leading to the commander in chief's death 80 days later. The incident inspires the Kelly Harrell song "Charles Giteau," included on the album "Anthology Of American Folk Music"
    Dec 29, 1922
    Rose Lee Maphis is born in Hagerstown, Maryland. Following her 1952 marriage to Joe Maphis, she works as half of a husband-and-wife team on Los Angeles TV. She also writes Connie Smith's "Love Is The Look You're Looking For"
    Aug 30, 1928
    Vocalist and arranger Johnny Mann is born in Baltimore, Maryland. He forms The Johnny Mann Singers, a Los Angeles vocal group that is featured on Walter Brennan's country recitation "Old Rivers"
    Apr 25, 1933
    Songwriter Jerry Leiber is born in Baltimore, Maryland. Best known for the rock and rhythm & blues songs he writes with partner Mike Stoller, Leiber also hits the country chart as a writer with such titles as "Jailhouse Rock," "Don't," "Hound Dog," "Stand By Me" and "Ruby Baby"
    Dec 30, 1937
    Noel Paul Stookey is born in Baltimore, Maryland. He becomes one-third of Peter, Paul & Mary, a 1960s folk group that earns a minor hit in 1965 with "For Lovin' You," refashioned two years later as a country hit by Waylon Jennings
    Sep 15, 1938
    Southern novelist Thomas Wolfe dies of tuberculosis in Baltimore, Maryland. With a resume that includes the book "You Can't Go Home Again," he's referenced in the Don Williams country hit "Good Ole Boys Like Me"

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