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  • Jan 22, 1923
    Banjo player Ken Trietsch marries Ruth Modlin. He gains acclaim as Hot Shot Rudy in the comedic band The Hoosier Hot Shots on WLS Radio's weekly variety show "The National Barn Dance"
    Apr 29, 1923
    Olan McDaniel is born. He will become the father of country singer Mel McDaniel
    Jun 20, 1923
    Jimmie Rodgers and his wife, Carrie, welcome a daughter, June Rebecca Rodgers. The baby dies three days before Christmas
    Jul 2, 1923
    Janette Carter is born in Maces Spring, Virginia. The daughter of A.P. and Sara Carter, of The Carter Family, she sings with June Carter, Johnny Cash and Connie Smith on "Kindred Spirits: A Tribute To The Songs Of Johnny Cash"
    Jul 9, 1923
    A Gibson F-5 Master mandolin is tested and approved. The instrument, with serial number 73987, is purchased by Bill Monroe in Florida in 1943 for $150 and becomes the vehicle for his life's work
    Aug 20, 1923
    John Stoneman is born in Galax, Virginia. The son of Ernest "Pop" Stoneman, he plays autoharp in an early version of The Stoneman Family, but quits to devote his attention to farming
    Sep 17, 1923
    Hank Williams is born in Mount Olive, Alabama. He becomes one of country's most influential singer/songwriters, penning "I Saw The Light" and "Your Cheatin' Heart" among his classics before dying tragically at age 29. Williams joins the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961, and sires Hank Williams Jr. and Jett Williams
    Sep 26, 1923
    Keyboard player Merrill Moore is born. He backs up Wanda Jackson, appearing on her pop hit "Fujiyama Mama"
    Jan 6, 1924
    Earl Scruggs is born in Shelby, North Carolina. The innovative banjo man joins Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys in the 1940s, then forms a duo with Lester Flatt on the way to the Country Music Hall of Fame as one of bluegrass' pillars
    Mar 15, 1924
    "Are you ready, Hezzie?" Apparently so. Percussionist Paul Trietsch marries Bessie Burk. During the next decade, he takes the role of Hot Shot Hezzie in WLS' Hoosier Hot Shots, who begin most of their comedic records inquiring about his preparation

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