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  • May 25, 1893
    Ernest "Pop" Stoneman is born in Monarat, Virginia. Among country's first successful recording artists in the 1920s, he encourages his children to develop a band, The Stoneman Family, which earns the Country Music Association's Vocal Group honor in 1967
    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
    Feb 3, 1898
    Piano player Lillian Hardin Armstrong is born in Memphis, Tennessee. She appears on one country single during her life, playing alongside her husband, trumpet legend Louis Armstrong, on Jimmie Rodgers' "Blue Yodel No. 9 (Standin' On The Corner)"
    Mar 19, 1898
    Stella Kelley is born. She becomes the first wife of Jimmie Rodgers

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