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  • Mar 15, 1767
    President Andrew Jackson is born in Lancaster County, South Carolina. During his military career, he oversees a famous conflict in the War of 1812; he's subsequently namechecked in the Johnny Horton country hit about it, "The Battle Of New Orleans"
    May 23, 1788
    South Carolina becomes the eighth state to join the union. The Palmetto State is later the birthplace for such country figures as Josh Turner, John Berry, David Ball, Bill Anderson, Leon Everette, Darius Rucker and guitarist Hank Garland, among others
    Apr 12, 1861
    The Civil War begins when Confederate troops open fire on Fort Sumter, South Carolina. Southerners are destined to lose, though Hank Williams Jr. eventually ponders a different outcome in his 1988 country hit "If The South Woulda Won"
    Feb 21, 1887
    Smith Hammett is born in Gaffney, South Carolina. The banjo player is a mentor to Earl Scruggs, teaching him the revolutionary three-finger style
    May 8, 1892
    Jimmie Tarlton is born in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. He becomes one-half of Darby & Tarlton, a blues-influenced country duo that scores major hits in the 1920s with "Birmingham Jail" and "Columbus Stockade Blues"
    Sep 9, 1894
    Movie producer Arthur Freed is born in Charleston, South Carolina. Credited for such pictures as "Gigi," "Easter Parade" and "Annie Get Your Gun," he also co-writes "Temptation (Tim-Tayshun)," a country hit for Red Ingle & The Natural Seven
    Oct 14, 1897
    Dorsey Dixon is born in Darlington, South Carolina. He writes one of Roy Acuff's biggest songs, "Wreck On The Highway"
    Jan 10, 1915
    Blues piano player Buddy Johnson is born in Darlington, South Carolina. He earns a country hit in 1944 with "When My Man Comes Home," sister Ella Johnson singing lead. He also writes "Since I Fell For You," a hit for both Charlie Rich and Con Hunley
    Apr 1, 1921
    Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith is born in Clinton, South Carolina. His 1948 single "Guitar Boogie" is one of three singles that lands in country music's Top 10, while his song "Feuding Banjos" becomes "Dueling Banjos" in the movie "Deliverance"
    May 23, 1923
    Tommy Sosebee is born in Duncan, South Carolina. He earns his lone country hit in 1953 with "Till I Waltz Again With You"

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