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  • Aug 20, 1934
    Steel guitarist Sneaky Pete Kleinow is born in South Bend, Indiana. He joins The Flying Burrito Brothers, but also does later session work, appearing on Johnny Lee's "Lookin' For Love" and Linda Ronstadt's "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)"
    Mar 28, 1936
    Gospel giant Bill Gaither is born in Alexandria, Indiana. He writes "He Touched Me," recorded by Elvis Presley, whose version ranks among country's 500 greatest singles in the Country Music Foundation book "Heartaches By The Number"
    May 23, 1936
    The state of Indiana celebrates Cole Porter Day, honoring a native son who has built a reputation on Broadway. He eventually adds a country hit to his resume, when Gene Autry records "Don't Fence Me In"
    Nov 17, 1936
    Record executive Bruce Hinton is born in Tell City, Indiana. Hinton becomes the head of MCA Records beginning in 1989, overseeing the careers of George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Vince Gill, Reba McEntire, The Mavericks and others
    Jan 27, 1937
    Steel guitarist Buddy Emmons is born in Mishawaka, Indiana. Emmons becomes an influential musician, playing for the likes of Little Jimmy Dickens, Ray Price, George Strait, Linda Ronstadt, The Everly Brothers and Ernest Tubb
    May 14, 1939
    Singer/songwriter Troy Shondell is born in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He writes "Still Loving You," a 1973 hit for Bob Luman
    Jan 1, 1941
    Minnie Pearl goes on her first tour with Roy Acuff, playing Evansville, Indiana, as part of a package that also features Eddy Arnold and Pee Wee King
    Mar 30, 1941
    Tiny Stokes, the lead vocalist for Captain Stubby & The Buccaneers, marries Glenna Rose Quick in Frankfort, Indiana
    Aug 10, 1941
    Songwriter Larry Kingston is born in Lafayette, Indiana. He authors such hits as Roy Clark's "Thank God And Greyhound," Johnny Paycheck's "The Lovin' Machine," Ed Bruce's "If It Was Easy" and The Kendalls' "Pittsburgh Stealers"
    Aug 14, 1941
    Connie Smith is born in Elkhart, Indiana. The Grand Ole Opry powerhouse debuts with 1964's "Once A Day," making hits consistently for nine years. In 1997, she marries fellow Opry star Marty Stuart. In 2012, she is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame

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