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  • Sep 14, 1893
    Five-year-old Russian Irving Berlin immigrates to America, where he emerges as one of the greatest songwriters of the 20th century. Among his songs: "Blue Skies," a country hit for Willie Nelson; and "White Christmas," a hit for Ernest Tubb
    May 1, 1894
    Sam McGee is born in Williamson County, Tennessee. Along with brother Kirk, they blend country, folk and blues in a Grand Ole Opry career that spans six decades. They also inspire Garrison Keillor to start his "Prairie Home Companion" radio show
    Sep 9, 1894
    C.F. Martin III is born. He heads Martin Guitars from 1945 until his death in 1986
    Feb 20, 1896
    Ottis Dewey Whitman is born. Son Slim Whitman will become a country singer
    Mar 29, 1896
    Vocalist Leon Seago is born. He joins Ted Daffan's Texans, taking part in the 1942 recordings "Born To Lose" and "No Letter Today." He also plays fiddle for Bob Wills' Texas Playboys from 1945-1947
    Dec 18, 1896
    Rebecca Stoneman dies while giving birth to her third son, Talmer. Her oldest son, Ernest, becomes one of country music's first recording successes and forms the award-winning Stoneman Family
    Nov 27, 1897
    Arthur Gilley is born. He raises a son who becomes a country artist, Mickey Gilley
    Mar 19, 1898
    Stella Kelley is born. She becomes the first wife of Jimmie Rodgers
    Jul 20, 1898
    Joseph Emmett Mainer is born in Buncombe County, North Carolina. Better known as J.E. Mainer, his Mountaineers are recognized among the leading stringbands of the 1930s. The band's original lineup includes younger brother, Wade Mainer, on banjo
    Oct 21, 1898
    Ezra Carter is born in Maces Spring, Virginia. He becomes the manager of The Carter Family, which features his brother, A.P. Carter, and his wife, Maybelle Carter. Ezra's children include Helen Carter, June Carter and Anita Carter

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