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  • Dec 10, 1817
    Mississippi becomes the 20th state to join the union. It becomes a hotbed for country stars, spawning Tammy Wynette, Elvis Presley, Jimmie Rodgers, Conway Twitty, Moe Bandy, Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes, Marty Stuart and Charley Pride, among others
    Oct 18, 1885
    Aaron Rodgers marries Eliza Bozeman in Mississippi. The union produces a son who becomes known as the father of country music: Jimmie Rodgers
    Feb 11, 1896
    Bolivar Lee Shook is born in Prentiss County, Mississippi. Operating as B.L. Shook, he pens Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs' 1959 hit "The Cabin On The Hill"
    Jun 1, 1896
    Songwriter Elsie McWilliams is born in Harperville, Mississippi. She co-writes with brother-in-law Jimmie Rodgers, joining the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1979. Among her credits: "Daddy And Home" and "Everybody Does It In Hawaii"
    Sep 8, 1897
    Jimmie Rodgers is born in Meridian, Mississippi. Hailed as the Singing Brakeman, he emerges as the father of country music, best known for his "Blue Yodel (T For Texas)." He is the first performer added to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961
    Sep 25, 1897
    Southern author William Faulkner is born in New Albany, Mississippi. He's referenced in Pam Tillis' "Maybe It Was Memphis," Collin Raye's "My Kind Of Girl," Eric Church's "Love Your Love The Most" and Tim McGraw's "Southern Voice"
    Dec 24, 1900
    Roy Blackwood is born in Choctaw County, Mississippi. He co-founds The Blackwood Brothers, a gospel group whose "His Hand In Mine" is cited among country's 500 greatest singles in the Country Music Foundation's "Heartaches By The Number"
    Apr 16, 1901
    Gospel songwriter James B. Coats is born in Summerland, Mississippi. He authors "The Sweetest Gift," a prison tale that becomes a country hit in 1976 for Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris
    Aug 8, 1902
    Carrie Williamson is born in Mississippi. She is destined to become the second wife of Jimmie Rodgers, recognized as the Father of Country Music
    Aug 24, 1905
    Arthur Crudup is born in Forest, Mississippi. The blues singer's "That's Alright, Mama" becomes the song that helps launch Elvis Presley to fame

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