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  • Sep 17, 1901
    Stuart Gorrell is born in Knox, Indiana. He writes the lyrics to a Hoagy Carmichael melody, becoming a co-writer of the classic "Georgia On My Mind," a 1978 country hit for Willie Nelson
    Sep 13, 1903
    Banjo player Kenny "Rudy" Trietsch is born in Arcadia, Indiana. He forms the comedic "WLS Barn Dance" band The Hoosier Hot Shots, who earn a trio of mid-1940s hits and appear in a string of westerns
    Nov 26, 1904
    Woodwind player Charles "Gabe" Ward is born in Knightstown, Indiana. He becomes a member of the comedic "WLS Barn Dance" quartet The Hoosier Hot Shots, who score a trio of mid-1940s hits and appear in several western movies
    Apr 11, 1905
    Paul "Hezzie" Trietsch is born in Arcadia, Indiana. Playing drums and washboard, among other instruments, he helps create the "WLS Barn Dance" band The Hoosier Hot Shots, who earn a trio of mid-1940s hits and appear in numerous westerns
    Aug 10, 1908
    Piano player and big-band leader Claude Thornhill is born in Terre Haute, Indiana. In 1946, his orchestra records the first hit version of "A Sunday Kind Of Love," which becomes a country hit for Reba McEntire in 1988
    Sep 9, 1910
    Norman Wayne Perry is born in Fayette County, Indiana. He will marry Evelyn "Daisy" Lange, bass player for The Coon Creek Girls
    Oct 30, 1912
    Record producer and Capitol executive Lee Gillette is born in Indianapolis, Indiana. He produces hits for Tennessee Ernie Ford, Jimmy Wakely, Leon Payne and Hank Thompson while overseeing the label's country productions from 1944-1950
    Apr 6, 1913
    Fiddler and bass player Wade Ray is born in Griffin, Indiana. He works with such artists as Roy Rogers, Rex Allen, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Ray Price and Ernest Tubb
    Dec 21, 1913
    George Gaither is born in Alexandria, Indiana. He has a son, Bill Gaither, who writes the gospel standard "He Touched Me," recorded by Elvis Presley, among others
    Apr 8, 1916
    Fiddler Carl Cotner is born in Lake Cicott, Indiana. He's one of two fiddlers who appears on Gene Autry's 1941 hit "You Are My Sunshine"

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