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  • 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"
    Dec 18, 1923
    Jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong is officially divorced from his first wife, the former Daisy Parker. Seven years later, he participates in the Jimmie Rodgers recording session for "Blue Yodel No. 9 (Standin' On The Corner)"
    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
    Feb 5, 1924
    Jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong marries piano player Lillian Hardin. During their 14-year union, they take part in the 1930 Jimmie Rodgers recording session for "Blue Yodel No. 9 (Standin' On The Corner)"
    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
    Jun 28, 1924
    George Morgan is born in Waverly, Tennessee. The pop-influenced singer joins the Grand Ole Opry in 1948, just before the release of his biggest hit, "Candy Kisses." The father of Lorrie Morgan, he reaches the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998
    Jul 22, 1924
    Margaret Whiting is born in Detroit, the daughter of songwriter Richard Whiting. A successful pop singer, she records a series of country duets with Jimmy Wakely that find favor from 1949-1951, particularly the cheatin' classic "Slipping Around"
    Aug 27, 1924
    Oliver "Mooney" Lynn is born in Kentucky. He later marries Loretta Lynn and assists her rise as a country singer. They become parents to Patsy and Peggy Lynn, known professionally as The Lynns
    Aug 27, 1924
    Oliver "Mooney" Lynn is born in Kentucky. He later marries Loretta Lynn and assists her rise as a country singer

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