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  • Jun 20, 1863
    West Virginia becomes the 35th state to join the union. The Mountain State yields such natives as Kathy Mattea, Brad Paisley, The Bailes Brothers, Little Jimmy Dickens, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Charlie McCoy and Stoney Cooper
    Mar 20, 1897
    Singer/songwriter/harmonica player Frank Hutchison is born in Logan, West Virginia. His 1927 version of "Stackalee" is recognized among country's 500 greatest singles in the Country Music Foundation book "Heartaches By The Number"
    Aug 4, 1897
    Songwriter Billy Cox is born in Kanawha County, West Virginia. He writes "Filipino Baby," a hit for Cowboy Copas and Ernest Tubb, and authors "Sparkling Brown Eyes," a Webb Pierce success
    May 9, 1899
    Harry "Big Slim" McAulife is born in Bluefield, West Virginia. He writes the bluegrass standard "Sunny Side Of The Mountain"
    Mar 16, 1906
    Buddy Starcher is born near Ripley, West Virginia. He hits the Top 5 in 1966 by noting the similarities between the lives and deaths of Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy in "History Repeats Itself"
    Sep 15, 1906
    Songwriter Jack Rollins is born in West Virginia. Among the titles he authors are Gene Autry's "Frosty The Snow Man" and Hank Snow's "I Don't Hurt Anymore"
    May 7, 1915
    Kyle Bailes is born in Kanawha County, West Virginia. He plays bass behind Hank Williams on "The Louisiana Hayride," and performs in various incarnations of the family duo The Bailes Brothers
    Jul 28, 1915
    Frankie Yankovic is born in Davis, West Virginia. Dubbed "America's polka king," he uses his accordion to notch a trio of country hits in the late-1940s
    Jun 24, 1918
    John Bailes is born in Kanawha County, West Virginia. Along with sibling Walter, he helps form the first successful version of The Bailes Brothers, a family duo that actually uses various combinations of four brothers from 1942 into the 1950s
    Jul 17, 1918
    Red Sovine is born in Charleston, West Virginia. A Grand Ole Opry member beginning in 1954, his first hit comes with the Webb Pierce duet "Why Baby Why." He later records the trucker recitations "Phantom 309," "Giddyup Go" and "Teddy Bear"

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