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  • Sep 20, 1917
    John Lair, the future founder of "The Renfro Valley Barn Dance," begins a hitch with the U.S. Army
    Oct 28, 1917
    Bill Bolick is born in Hickory, North Carolina. With younger brother Earl Bolick, he forms The Blue Sky Boys, who begin recording in 1935 and maintain an influential career into the 1960s
    Dec 16, 1917
    Guitarist Jack Rivers is born. He contributes to Hank Thompson's first hit, "Humpty Dumpty Heart," and appears on a number of Johnny Bond successes
    Dec 20, 1917
    Fiddler Charles "Skeeter" Willis is born in Coalton, Oklahoma. With brothers Guy and Vic, he forms The Willis Brothers, who back Hank Williams and Eddy Arnold on their way to a lengthy membership in the Grand Ole Opry
    Feb 11, 1918
    Publishing executive Wesley Rose is born in Chicago. The son of Acuff-Rose Music founder Fred Rose, he joins the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1986, after playing a role in the careers of The Everly Brothers, Hank Williams and Marty Robbins
    Nov 10, 1918
    Future songwriter Hoagy Carmichael is inducted into the Army. His credits eventually include "Georgia On My Mind," a country hit for Willie Nelson
    Feb 1, 1919
    Frank Walker ends his three-year stint with the Navy, taking a job with Columbia Records, where he discovers Gid Tanner, Riley Puckett and Charlie Poole. Walker eventually becomes the first MGM president, signing Hank Williams
    Mar 9, 1919
    Guitarist Cleo Davis is born. He's the first musician Bill Monroe hires, in August 1938, when he assembles his Blue Grass Boys
    Mar 24, 1919
    Trumpeter Louis Armstrong marries Daisy Parker. In 1930, he participates in Jimmie Rodgers' session for "Blue Yodel No. 9 (Standin' On The Corner)"
    Nov 15, 1919
    Dave "Dad" Carter, of the Southern gospel group The Chuck Wagon Gang, and wife Carrie welcome a son, Eddie Carter

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