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  • May 7, 1840
    Classical composer Petr Tchaikovsky is born in Votkinsk, Russia. Best remembered for "The Nutcracker Suite," he's also recalled in the George Jones & Tammy Wynette country hit "(We're Not) The Jet Set"
    Mar 18, 1883
    Songwriter Maurice Abrahams is born in Russia. He co-writes "Ragtime Cowboy Joe," a song that appears in several western movies before becoming a country hit for Eddy Howard in 1947
    Aug 31, 1886
    Pop songwriter L. Wolfe Gilbert is born in Odessa, Russia. He pens Gene Austin's 1928 hit "Ramona," reworked for the country audience by Billy Walker in 1968
    Oct 25, 1893
    Classical composer Petr Tchaikovsky dies under mysterious conditions, of cholera or from suicide, in Russia. In 1974, he's namechecked in the George Jones & Tammy Wynette country hit "(We're Not) The Jet Set"
    Sep 25, 1902
    Pop songwriter Al Hoffman is born in Minsk, Russia. He enjoys several hits with rockabilly singer Jimmie Rodgers in 1958, including "Oh-Oh, I'm Falling In Love Again," "Secretly" and "Are You Really Mine"
    Sep 15, 1973
    Drummer Alexander Arzamastsev is born in Obninsk, Russia. He bolsters the rhythm section in the all-Russian import Bering Strait, which garners a 2003 Grammy nomination for an instrumental track, "Bearing Straight"
    Nov 28, 1977
    Guitarist Ilya Toshinsky is born in Obninsk, Russia. He joins the all-Russian country band Bering Strait before becoming a session musician. He plays on hits by Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift
    Feb 15, 1978
    Bass player Sergei "Spooky" Olkhovsky is born in Obninsk, Russia. He joins Alexander Arzamastsev to form the rhythm section for the all-Russian Bering Strait, a 2003 Grammy nominee for the instrumental track "Bearing Straight"
    Aug 19, 1978
    Vocalist and guitarist Natasha Borzilova is born in Obninsk, Russia. She establishes herself as a member of the all-Russian act Bering Strait, which gains a Grammy nomination in 2003 for its instrumental performance "Bearing Straight"
    Aug 10, 1980
    Vocalist and keyboard player Lydia Salnikova is born in Obninsk, Russia. She joins the all-Russian band Bering Strait, scoring a 2003 Grammy nomination for the instrumental track "Bearing Straight"

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