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  • Feb 14, 1859
    Oregon becomes the 33rd state in the union. The Beaver State is the birthplace for "L.A. International Airport" singer Susan Raye, "If I Were A Carpenter" songwriter Tim Hardin, "Stop And Smell The Roses" songwriter Doc Severinsen and Eli Young Band drummer Chris Thompson
    Jan 10, 1927
    Dramatic pop singer Johnnie Ray is born in Dallas, Oregon. He earns a massive hit with his first single, 1951's "Cry," which is remade twice as a country hit: by Lynn Anderson, in 1972; and by Crystal Gayle, in 1986
    Jul 7, 1927
    Carl "Doc" Severinsen is born in Arlington, Oregon. Best known as the bandleader for "The Tonight Show" during the Johnny Carson era, he co-writes the Mac Davis hit "Stop And Smell The Roses"
    Apr 24, 1937
    Bass player Dick Kniss is born in Portland, Oregon. He becomes a member of John Denver's band, taking part in such country hits as "Back Home Again," "Annie's Song," "I'm Sorry" and "Thank God I'm A Country Boy." Kniss will also co-write "Sunshine On My Shoulders"
    Feb 27, 1938
    Flora Hayes dies of pneumonia in Oregon. She was the biological mother of The Sons Of The Pioneers' Bob Nolan
    Dec 23, 1941
    Singer/songwriter Tim Hardin is born in Eugene, Oregon. He writes the Johnny Cash & June Carter duet "If I Were A Carpenter," as well as Cash's solo hit "The Lady Came From Baltimore"
    Oct 8, 1944
    Susan Raye is born in Eugene, Oregon. An associate of Buck Owens and a member of the "Hee Haw" cast in the 1970s, she nets several hits during the decade, including her best-known work "L.A. International Airport"
    Jan 4, 1957
    Jimmie Rodgers marries Colleen McClatchey in Portland, Oregon, months before recording his debut single, "Honeycomb"
    Aug 22, 1957
    Alt-country singer/songwriter Duane Jarvis is born in Astoria, Oregon. Among his efforts is "Still I Long For Your Kiss," a song Lucinda Williams covers for the soundtrack to "The Horse Whisperer"
    Dec 12, 1957
    A disc jockey for KEX radio in Portland, Oregon, is fired for playing Elvis Presley's version of "White Christmas"

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