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  • Jan 26, 1837
    Michigan becomes the 26th state added to the union. The Wolverine State provides the birthplace for Frankie Ballard, Josh Gracin, Bob Seger, The Eagles' Glenn Frey, Sugarland's Kristen Hall and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Jeff Hanna, among others
    Jul 30, 1863
    Henry Ford is born near Dearborn, Michigan. He founds the Ford Motor Company and plays a central thematic role in Jerry Reed's 1973 country hit "Lord, Mr. Ford"
    Jan 14, 1896
    Pop songwriter Seymour Simons is born in Detroit, Michigan. He authors The Hoosier Hot Shots' "Breezin' Along With The Breeze" and "All Of Me," destined to become a 1978 hit for Willie Nelson
    Oct 13, 1900
    Pop songwriter Gerald Marks is born in Saginaw, Michigan. His best-known creation is "All Of Me," recorded more than 2,000 times. Willie Nelson's version becomes a country hit in 1978
    Feb 4, 1902
    Aviator Charles Lindbergh is born in Detroit. Famous for making the first non-stop solo flight from New York to Paris, he will be referenced in Bill Anderson's 1970 country hit "Where Have All Our Heroes Gone"
    Jun 16, 1903
    Henry Ford and 11 other investors establish the Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan. The auto firm becomes the point of a 1973 Jerry Reed hit, "Lord, Mr. Ford"
    Mar 6, 1923
    Ed McMahon is born in Detroit, Michigan. Johnny Carson's longtime sidekick on "The Tonight Show," his "Star Search" program brings early national exposure to Sawyer Brown and Little Texas
    Jul 22, 1924
    Margaret Whiting is born in Detroit, Michigan. A successful pop singer, she records a series of country duets with Jimmy Wakely that find favor from 1949-1951, particularly the cheatin' classic "Slipping Around"
    Apr 18, 1925
    Pianist and accordion player Billy Liebert is born in Detroit, Michigan. He plays behind such artists as Hank Thompson, Skeets McDonald, Terry Fell, Merle Travis and Tennessee Ernie Ford
    Sep 8, 1927
    Songwriter Harlan Howard is born in Detroit. Added to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1997, his long list of credits includes Patsy Cline's "I Fall To Pieces," The Judds' "Why Not Me" and Buck Owens' "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail"

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