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  • Mar 26, 1928
    Steel guitarist Bud Isaacs is born in Bedford, Indiana. His performance on Webb Pierce's "Slowly" establishes the steel as a significant country instrument. Isaacs also plays on duet hits for Red Foley and Kitty Wells
    Jul 5, 1928
    Mitch Jayne is born in Hammond, Indiana. He plays bass for The Dillards, a bluegrass band that influences The Eagles and gains attention in its recurring role as The Darlings on "The Andy Griffith Show"
    Jul 11, 1929
    Singer/songwriter Billy Cox holds his first recording session, for the Gennett label, in Richmond, Indiana. He becomes best known as the writer of "Filipino Baby" and "Sparkling Brown Eyes"
    Nov 15, 1929
    R&B singer Joe Hinton is born in Evansville, Indiana. He earns a 1964 pop hit with Willie Nelson's "Funny How Time Slips Away"
    Mar 24, 1930
    Actor Steve McQueen is born in Beech Grove, Indiana. He will be referenced in Aaron Watson's 2017 country hit "Outta Style"
    Feb 8, 1931
    Actor James Dean is born in Marion, Indiana. Known for his work in the movies "Rebel Without A Cause" and "Giant," he's referenced in The Bellamy Brothers' country hit "Rebels Without A Clue," The Statler Brothers' "Do You Remember These" and, obliquely, Keith Urban's "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16"
    Aug 15, 1933
    Bobby Helms is born in Bloomington, Indiana. His 1957 recordings of "My Special Angel" and "Jingle Bell Rock" make him one of the first performers to mine the stylistic crevice between rock and country
    Nov 24, 1933
    Steel guitarist Johnny Sibert is born in Indianapolis, Indiana. As a member of Carl Smith's band, he appears on most of Smith's hits, including "It's A Lovely, Lovely World," "Loose Talk" and "You're Free To Go"
    Jan 13, 1934
    Skeeter Davis' grandfather, James Roberts, is murdered in Rising Sun, Indiana
    Jul 1, 1934
    Film executive Sydney Pollack is born in Lafayette, Indiana. Noted for his work on "Tootsie," "Cold Mountain" and "Out Of Africa," he directs "The Electric Horseman," Willie Nelson's movie debut, and the Robert Redford picture "Jeremiah Johnson," featuring a brief appearance by Tanya Tucker

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