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  • Nov 11, 1889
    Washington is the 42nd state admitted to the union. The Evergreen State becomes the birthplace of James Otto, Brandy Clark, Mark O'Connor, Blaine Larsen, Lila McCann, Kenny Loggins, Don Rich and Bonnie Guitar
    May 3, 1903
    Bing Crosby is born in Tacoma, Washington. One of the most revered pop figures of the 20th century, his version of "Pistol Packin' Mama," recorded with The Andrews Sisters, becomes a country hit. He also inspires Willie Nelson's album "Stardust"
    Aug 16, 1905
    Air Force general Henry Kristofferson is born in Tacoma, Washington. His children will include Country Music Hall of Fame member Kris Kristofferson
    Aug 25, 1913
    Jazz bandleader Bob Crosby is born in Spokane, Washington. The younger brother of Bing Crosby, he lands a long list of pop hits and writes Pee Wee King's 1952 country hit "Silver And Gold"
    Oct 10, 1915
    Record executive Don Pierce is born in Ballard, Washington. He takes over Starday Records in 1958, and the label scores hits with Cowboy Copas' "Alabam," Red Sovine's "Giddyup Go" and Johnny Bond's "10 Little Bottles"
    Mar 25, 1923
    Bonnie Guitar is born in Seattle, Washington. An L.A. session guitarist in the 1950s, she has three Top 10 country hits in the 1960s and co-founds Dolphin Records, which yields The Fleetwoods' pop hit "Come Softly" and The Ventures' "Walk--Don't Run"
    May 5, 1933
    Songwriter Bobby Austin is born in Wenatchee, Washington. He co-writes Tammy Wynette's first charted single, "Apartment #9," with Johnny Paycheck, and co-writes Glen Campbell's "Try A Little Kindness"
    Sep 18, 1933
    Jimmie Rodgers is born in Camas, Washington. Given the same name as The Singing Brakeman, who died four months earlier, Rodgers hits the Top 10 in pop and country during the late 1950s with "Honeycomb" and "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine"
    Mar 24, 1935
    Bass player Carol Kaye is born in Everett, Washington. One of the session players in the West Coast's Wrecking Crew, she appears on records by The Beach Boys, The Righteous Brothers and Nancy Sinatra, plus Glen Campbell's "Wichita Lineman"
    May 1, 1939
    Folk singer Judy Collins is born in Seattle, Washington. Best known for the 1968 single "Both Sides, Now," she brings the rodeo song "Someday Soon" to prominence in 1969. It becomes a country hit for Suzy Bogguss in 1991

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