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  • Oct 29, 1815
    Songwriter Daniel Emmett is born in Mount Vernon, Ohio. He authors "Dixie," a Southern signature that becomes a part of the Elvis Presley single "American Trilogy" and the Hank Williams Jr. country hit "Dixie On My Mind"
    Dec 5, 1839
    General George Custer is born in New Rumley, Ohio. Best known for his stand at Little Big Horn, he's mentioned in the lyrics of Elton Britt's "There's A Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere" and Ed Bruce's "The Last Cowboy Song"
    Feb 11, 1847
    Inventor Thomas Edison is born in Milan, Ohio. Among his creations: the motion picture and the phonograph
    Aug 19, 1871
    Inventor Orville Wright is born in Dayton, Ohio. The Wright Brothers, famous for establishing aviation, are cited in Trick Pony's 2001 hit "Just What I Do"
    Mar 11, 1890
    Wilbert Lee "Pappy" O'Daniel is born in Malta, Ohio. The sales manager for the Burrus Mill founds the Milton Brown-led Light Crust Doughboys, a key development in the growth of western swing. He later becomes a Texas governor and a U.S. senator
    May 14, 1891
    Pop songwriter Grant Clarke is born in Akron, Ohio. He collaborates on "Ragtime Cowboy Joe," a 1947 country hit for pop singer Eddy Howard
    Aug 5, 1893
    George W. Smith is born in Toledo, Ohio. He becomes the managing director of radio station WWVA, creating "The Wheeling Jamboree," a weekly Opry-style show
    Oct 1, 1893
    Songwriter Cliff Friend is born on a farm outside Cincinnati, Ohio. He writes "Lovesick Blues," then sells the rights to the song for $500. It goes on to launch Hank Williams to prominence in 1949
    Dec 31, 1893
    Bass player Pat Brady is born in Toledo, Ohio. In 1937, he replaces Roy Rogers as a member of the western harmony act The Sons Of The Pioneers. Brady is not part of the lineup that enters the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980
    Jan 31, 1894
    Songwriter Isham Jones is born in Coaltown, Ohio. Noted for such tunes as "It Had To Be You" and "You're In The Army Now," he also writes "My Best To You," an Eddy Howard pop hit remade as a 1947 country single by the Sons Of The Pioneers

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