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  • May 29, 1848
    Wisconsin becomes the 30th state to join the union. The Badger State represents the birthplace for such country figures as Pee Wee King, songwriter Felice Bryant, Dave Dudley, Josh Thompson and The Desert Rose Band's John Jorgenson
    Feb 7, 1867
    Author Laura Ingalls is born in Pepin, Wisconsin. Known for her "Little House" series of books, she's namechecked in Jason Aldean's 2005 hit "Hicktown"
    May 5, 1907
    Accordion player Arthur Wenzel is born in Wisconsin. As a member of Red Ingle & The Natural Seven, he performs on the 1947 novelty "Temptation (Tim-Tayshun)"
    Oct 27, 1911
    Bass player Oral "Curly" Rhodes is born in Tomahawk, Wisconsin. He becomes a member of Roy Acuff's Smoky Mountain Boys during the 1940s, later finding a spot among Pee Wee King's Golden West Cowboys
    Feb 18, 1914
    Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski--a.k.a. Pee Wee King--is born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He leads the Golden West Cowboys to Grand Ole Opry membership and co-writes "Tennessee Waltz," entering the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1974
    Jun 9, 1915
    Guitarist and studio innovator Les Paul is born in Waukesha, Wisconsin. His album with Chet Atkins, "Chester And Lester," wins a country Grammy in 1977, and he earns a country hit, "Mockin' Bird Hill," with wife Mary Ford in 1951
    Feb 6, 1916
    Mandolin player Esther "Violet" Koehler is born in Wilton, Wisconsin. As an adult, she joins the Ledford sisters in The Coon Creek Girls, the first all-female stringband
    May 16, 1919
    Las Vegas piano player Liberace is born in West Allis, Wisconsin. Noted for his flashy stage wear, he's namechecked in Emmylou Harris' "Mister Sandman" and in Tim McGraw's "It's A Business Doing Pleasure With You"
    Aug 7, 1925
    Songwriter Felice Bryant is born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. With husband Boudleaux Bryant, she writes such hits as "Hole In My Pocket," by Ricky Van Shelton; "Devoted To You," by The Everly Brothers; and "Rocky Top," by The Osborne Brothers. The Bryants enter the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1991
    May 3, 1928
    Dave Dudley is born in Spencer, Wisconsin. His gruff vocals populate several of country's biggest truckin' records in the 1960s, particularly "Six Days On The Road" and "Truck Drivin' Son-Of-A-Gun"

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