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  • Apr 22, 1945
    Guitarist Pat Enright is born in Huntington, Indiana. He becomes a founding member of The Nashville Bluegrass Band and is also a part of the fictitious Soggy Bottom Boys, providing harmonies on the award-winning "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow"
    Oct 16, 1945
    Drummer Roger Hawkins is born in Mishawaka, Indiana. He becomes part of the fabled Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, appearing on pop hits by Bob Seger, Paul Simon and The Staple Singers, plus Willie Nelson's "Bloody Mary Morning"
    Dec 19, 1947
    Janie Fricke is born in South Whitney, Indiana. A background vocalist on hits by Johnny Duncan, John Conlee and Crystal Gayle, she is persuaded in the late-1970s to pursue a solo career, which peaks in 1982 and '83 as she wins the Country Music Association's Female Vocalist trophy
    Oct 17, 1949
    Bass player Jeff "Stick" Davis is born in Washington, Indiana. He joins The Amazing Rhythm Aces, contributing to all three of the group's 1970s hits: "Third Rate Romance," "Amazing Grace (Used To Be Her Favorite Song)" and "The End Is Not In Sight (The Cowboy Tune)"
    Nov 18, 1949
    Hoagy Carmichael, the author of "Georgia On My Mind," plays himself in the movie "Johnny Holiday," which premieres in Indianapolis, Indiana
    May 2, 1951
    Bass player Mike Fleming is born in Evansville, Indiana. As a member of the bluegrass band The SteelDrivers, he takes part in recording "Blue Side Of The Mountain," a country Grammy nominee in 2009
    May 30, 1951
    Lee Wallard wins the Indianapolis 500 at a speed of 126 miles per hour. The crowd includes Tiny Hill, who earned a hit months earlier with "Hot Rod Race"
    Oct 4, 1951
    When The Oak Ridge Quartet plays Evansville, Indiana, concert-goer Minnie Huff gives the band a wallet-size picture of Jesus and writes "Oak Ridge Boys" on the back. The Quartet later adopts The Oak Ridge Boys as its official name
    Oct 7, 1951
    John Mellencamp is born in Seymour, Indiana. The rocker, known for such hits as "Hurts So Good," "Pink Houses" and "Jack & Diane," which will be re-written as a Jake Owen country hit, "I Was Jack (You Were Diane)." Mellencamp is namechecked in the title of Keith Urban's 2015 hit "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16"
    May 30, 1952
    Troy Ruttman wins the Indianapolis 500 auto race. Among the fans in attendance: country hitmaker Tiny Hill

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