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  • Nov 14, 1961
    Ray Charles is arrested in Indianapolis on drug charges, after buying marijuana and heroin two days earlier. Within months, Charles will record the album "Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music"
    Jan 9, 1962
    Charges against Ray Charles for heroin possession are dropped when an Indianapolis judge rules police did not have a proper search warrant. The next month, Charles records "Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music"
    Feb 6, 1962
    Hard rock singer Axl Rose is born in Lafayette, Indiana. He handles lead vocals for Guns N' Roses, referenced in the lyrics of Keith Urban's "Wasted Time" and Thomas Rhett's "T-Shirt"
    Feb 19, 1962
    Chuck Berry, the author of "Maybellene," "Johnny B. Goode" and "Thirty Days," begins a three-year sentence in the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, for violating the Mann Act, an antiquated law designed to battle prostitution
    Apr 8, 1962
    Rock guitarist Izzy Stradlin is born in Lafayette, Indiana. He becomes a key member of Guns N' Roses, co-writing and playing on "Sweet Child O' Mine." The band will be referenced in 2016 on Keith Urban's "Wasted Time" and Thomas Rhett's "T-Shirt"
    May 30, 1963
    Future Curb Records owner Mike Curb is in the stands at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as Parnelli Jones wins the Indianapolis 500
    Nov 29, 1964
    Warner Mack is injured in a snow-related car accident near Princeton, Indiana
    Oct 16, 1966
    The Stanley Brothers give their final full-length concert in Bean Blossom, Indiana. Carter Stanley dies less than two months later
    Sep 28, 1967
    Karen Fairchild is born in Gary, Indiana. She becomes a founding member of Little Big Town, singing lead on the hits "Little White Church," "Pontoon," "Girl Crush" and "Better Man." The band wins the Country Music Association's Vocal Group of the Year six straight years beginning in 2012
    Sep 19, 1968
    Red Foley dies from a heart attack in a hotel room in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Grandfather to Debby Boone, Foley was a steady country hitmaker from 1944-1956, earning membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1967. His last song is a gospel title, "(There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)"

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