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  • Dec 18, 1787
    New Jersey becomes the third state in the union. The Garden State provides the birthplace for such country artists as Clint Black, Juice Newton, Ricky Nelson, Oak Ridge Boys bass singer Richard Sterban and Baillie & The Boys founders Kathie Baillie and Michael Bonagura
    Apr 24, 1878
    Inventor Thomas Edison opens the Edison Speaking Phonograph Company in West Orange, New Jersey, to sell dictation equipment to businesses, an early development in what becomes the recording industry
    Oct 6, 1889
    Thomas Edison has crude success with moving pictures in his Kineographic Theater in West Orange, New Jersey, leading to the development of film. The medium provides an acting outlet for such country stars as Dolly Parton, Dwight Yoakam, Willie Nelson and Gene Autry
    Oct 3, 1900
    Eldridge Johnson forms the Victor Talking Machine Company in Camden, New Jersey. Victor hosts the first country recording session in 1922 and releases singles by some of the genre's first stars, including Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family
    Mar 20, 1906
    Ozzie Nelson is born in Jersey City, New Jersey. One of the stars of "The Adventures Of Ozzie & Harriet," he also fathers Ricky Nelson, who comes to national prominence on the TV series
    Dec 12, 1915
    Frank Sinatra is born in Hoboken, New Jersey. One of the best-loved vocalists of the 20th century, his 1940s hits "September Song" and "All Of Me" will be covered for the country market on Willie Nelson's 1978 album "Stardust"
    Oct 16, 1917
    Marjorie Mazia is born in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She becomes the second wife of singer/songwriter Woody Guthrie, encouraging his creativity, which ultimately brings him membership in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
    Dec 16, 1918
    Movie producer Douglas Laurence is born in Totowa, New Jersey. He oversees three Elvis Presley films: "Stay Away, Joe," "Speedway" and "Live A Little, Love A Little"
    Apr 4, 1919
    Songwriter Cy Coben is born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He racks up more than a dozen country hits when his songs are recorded by such artists as Bobby Bare, Eddy Arnold, Jerry Reed, Hank Snow and Connie Smith
    Mar 12, 1921
    Movie and Broadway star Gordon MacRae is born in East Orange, New Jersey. Associated with the film version of "Oklahoma!," he nets a 1949 pop with Jo Stafford by recording "Need You," re-cast for the country charts in 1967 by Sonny James

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