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  • Jan 11, 1916
    Western swing fiddler Andrew "Cactus" Soldi is born. He appears on a series of hits by Spade Cooley and Tex Williams, including the million-selling "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)"
    Apr 10, 1916
    Vernon Presley is born in Fulton, Mississippi. He becomes the father of Elvis Presley
    Nov 12, 1916
    Lon Williams marries Lillie Skipper. The relationship produces a child who becomes a significant country star, some guy named Hank Williams
    Dec 3, 1916
    Rabon Delmore is born in Elkmont, Alabama. With older sibling Alton Delmore, The Delmore Brothers become a leading duo in the 1930s, with their mix of country and blues leading to a 2001 induction in the Country Music Hall of Fame
    Feb 15, 1917
    Effie "Anna" Carter is born in Shannon, Texas. She joins the family gospel group The Chuck Wagon Gang, whose "After The Sunrise" is named among country's 500 greatest singles in the Country Music Foundation's "Heartaches By The Number"
    Mar 16, 1917
    Woodwind player Darol Rice is born. He contributes bass clarinet to Tennessee Ernie Ford's 1955 classic "Sixteen Tons"
    Mar 17, 1917
    Lily Mae Ledford is born in Pilot, Kentucky. She becomes the leader of The Coon Creek Girls, the first all-female stringband, and the first country act to perform at the White House. She also gives birth to Exile's J.P. Pennington
    Aug 11, 1917
    Henry Cannon is born in Franklin, Tennessee. He marries Sarah Colley--a.k.a. Minnie Pearl--and becomes a pilot for Hank Williams, Eddy Arnold and Elvis Presley
    Sep 19, 1917
    Xavier B. Cosse is born in New Orleans. A booking agent and promoter, he also marries country-gospel star Martha Carson
    Sep 20, 1917
    John Lair, the future founder of "The Renfro Valley Barn Dance," begins a hitch with the U.S. Army

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