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  • Dec 12, 1787
    Pennsylvania becomes the second state to join the union. The Keystone State yields such country figures as The Oak Ridge Boys' Joe Bonsall, Lacy J. Dalton, The Kinleys, Mike Reid, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Jimmy Ibbotson and Taylor Swift
    Jul 4, 1826
    Songwriter Stephen Foster is born in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania. He becomes one of America's greatest songwriters, celebrated in a Grammy-winning 2004 tribute album, "Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs Of Stephen Foster," by Alison Krauss, John Prine, David Ball and Suzy Bogguss, among others
    Jul 22, 1850
    Songwriter Stephen Foster marries Jane McDowell in Pennsylvania. His songs will be sung by the likes of Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and Ray Whitley in numerous movies. He also becomes the subject of a 2004 tribute album, "Beautiful Dreamer - The Songs Of Stephen Foster"
    May 25, 1877
    Pop singer Billy Murray is born in Philadelphia. He launches "Are You From Dixie (Cause I'm From Dixie Too)" onto the hit parade in 1916. Jerry Reed turns it into a country hit in 1969
    Jan 6, 1880
    Actor Tom Mix is born in Mix Run, Pennsylvania. He becomes one of the first western film stars and will be cited in The Statler Brothers' 1977 country hit "The Movies"
    Mar 16, 1884
    Pop songwriter Joe Burke is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The author of "Tiptoe Through The Tulips" and "Rambling Rose," he also writes the 1925 hit "Oh, How I Miss You Tonight," a 1979 country hit for Deborah Allen and the late Jim Reeves
    Dec 15, 1888
    Playwright Maxwell Anderson is born in Atlantic, Pennsylvania. He co-writes "September Song," which becomes a hit for Willie Nelson in 1979
    Mar 24, 1895
    Songwriter Mark Fisher is born in Philadelphia. He writes the pop standard "Oh, How I Miss You Tonight," which becomes a 1979 country hit when Deborah Allen records her voice alongside the voice of the late Jim Reeves
    Mar 21, 1898
    Songwriter Edith Lindeman is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During her years as a reporter for The Richmond Times Dispatch, she co-writes "Little Things Mean A Lot," a pop hit for Kitty Kallen. Margo Smith revives the song as a country hit in 1978
    Apr 6, 1900
    Songwriter Leo Robin is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Known for "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" and "Thanks For The Memory," he also writes Elvis Presley's "Blue Hawaii," which Willie Nelson covers for the "Honeymoon In Vegas" soundtrack

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