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  • Apr 25, 1917
    Hoagy Carmichael quits Manual Training High School in Indianapolis, uncertain what he'll do for a living. He eventually finds songwriting a comfortable vocation, crafting the future Willie Nelson hit "Georgia On My Mind"
    Nov 1, 1918
    Actor and songwriter Hal Southern is born in Columbus, Indiana. He co-writes the Tex Ritter classic "I Dreamed Of A Hill-Billy Heaven" and appears in such movies as "The Shakiest Gun In The West," "Serpico" and "Blazing Saddles"
    Nov 24, 1918
    Novelty instrumentalist Thomas Fouts is born in Carroll County, Indiana. A 10-year performer on WLS' "National Barn Dance," he earns three country hits in 1949 as the bandleader of Captain Stubby & His Buccaneers
    Dec 16, 1918
    Stand-up bass player Joe Zinkan is born in Indianapolis, Indiana. A member of Roy Acuff's Smoky Mountain Boys for more than 10 years, he plays on hits by Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Marty Robbins and Tammy Wynette, among others
    Jan 21, 1919
    Bass player and guitarist Louis Innis is born in Seymour, Indiana. After a stint in Red Foley's band, he works on recordings by Eddy Arnold, Kitty Wells and Hank Williams, including "Move It On Over," "Lovesick Blues" and "I Saw The Light"
    Jan 28, 1924
    Ramona Riggins is born in Raglesville, Indiana. She will marry Grandpa Jones, performing regularly with him in concert and on the syndicated TV show "Hee Haw"
    May 19, 1925
    Songwriter Hoagy Carmichael plays piano on his first recording session, joining The Happy Harmonists in Richmond, Indiana. He's destined to write the Willie Nelson country hit "Georgia On My Mind"
    Jun 9, 1926
    Steel guitarist Herb Remington is born in Mishawaka, Indiana. As a member of Bob Wills' Texas Playboys from 1945-1949, he appears on such hits as "Ida Likes The Boogie," "Bubbles In My Beer" and "Brain Cloudy Blues"
    Oct 31, 1927
    Hoagy Carmichael makes the first recording of "Star Dust" during a session in Richmond, Indiana, that features jazz trumpeter Bix Beiderbecke. The song is destined to become the title of Willie Nelson's 1978 standards album
    Nov 4, 1927
    After passing the Indiana bar exam, Hoagy Carmichael is certified to practice law for Bingham, Mendenhall & Bingham. Instead, he becomes a songwriter, fashioning a future Willie Nelson hit, "Georgia On My Mind"

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