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  • Nov 4, 1879
    Comedian Will Rogers is born in Oologah, Oklahoma. Known for his homespun observations and political humor, the star who "never met a man I didn't like" is referenced in Tex Ritter's 1961 hit "I Dreamed Of A Hill-Billy Heaven"
    Mar 2, 1884
    Otto Gray is born in Stillwater, Oklahoma. His group, the Oklahoma Cowboys, helps establish the singing cowboy in the mid-1920s and graduates both Zeke Clements and Whitey Ford
    May 22, 1887
    Olympic track and field star Jim Thorpe is born in Prague, Oklahoma. His name appears in the lyrics of The Statler Brothers' 1977 country hit "The Movies"
    Feb 24, 1894
    The Daily Ardmoreite in Ardmore, Oklahoma, becomes the first publication to print the phrase "honky tonk" in a story, reporting that "the honk-a-tonk last night was attended by ball-heads, bachelors and leading citizens"
    Feb 19, 1897
    John McEntire is born in Lula, Oklahoma. The rodeo pro eventually counts Reba McEntire among his grandchildren
    Jul 11, 1897
    Yodeler and songwriter Johnny Marvin is born in Butler, Oklahoma. He co-writes Gene Autry's 1938 hit "Dust" and appears in many of Autry's western pictures
    Nov 1, 1901
    Lew Childre is born in Opp, Oklahoma. Influenced by medicine shows, he combines instrumental work, singing, jokes and dance in a career that includes radio, recording, comedy and a stint on the Grand Ole Opry
    Jan 27, 1904
    Steel guitarist Frankie Marvin is born in Butler, Oklahoma. He plays in numerous Gene Autry movies and also provides instrumental support on hits by Autry, Tex Ritter and Al Dexter
    Feb 14, 1904
    Charley Guthrie marries Nora Belle Tanner in Okfuskee County, Oklahoma. The union results in a son, Woody Guthrie, whose work as a singer/songwriter eventually leads to induction in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
    Jun 17, 1904
    Guitarist Rudy Sooter is born in Oklahoma. He appears on Jimmie Davis' late-'30s hit "It Makes No Difference Now"

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