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  • Jun 11, 1969
    Bass player "Smilin'" Jay McDowell is born in Bedford, Indiana. He joins BR549, an energetic, traditionally influenced band that emerges from Nashville's lower Broadway to become a critical favorite in the late-1990s, gaining several Grammy nominations
    Jan 1, 1970
    Guitarist Floyd "Salty" Holmes dies in Elwood, Indiana. He was an original member of The Prairie Ramblers, who formed in 1932 and backed Patsy Montana on the 1935 hit "I Wanna Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart." He left the act in 1942
    Aug 7, 1971
    Homer Haynes, of Homer & Jethro, dies in Hammond, Indiana. The duo's twisted song parodies included "(How Much Is) That Hound Dog In The Window" and "The Battle Of Kookamonga," a Boy Scout send-up of "The Battle Of New Orleans"
    Oct 17, 1971
    Loretta Lynn plays a benefit for the Judge Frank Fisher Wheelchair Club at Zorah Temple in Terre Haute, Indiana
    Apr 16, 1972
    Indiana University bestows an honorary doctorate of music on local songwriter Hoagy Carmichael, who penned "Georgia On My Mind," a future Willie Nelson hit
    May 27, 1972
    Singer/songwriter Jace Everett is born in Evansville, Indiana. Raised in Texas, he earns his first hit in 2006 as a songwriter of Josh Turner's "Your Man." He also writes and sings "Bad Things," the theme to the HBO vampire drama "True Blood"
    Jun 15, 1972
    Guitarist Jamie Johnson is born in Indiana. In 2004, he becomes a founding member of the bluegrass group The Grascals
    Sep 13, 1973
    Aaron Benward is born in Auburn, Indiana. After a 1990s career as a Christian singer, he joins Scott Reeves to form Blue County, netting a 2004 hit with "Good Little Girls" plus a nomination for Top Vocal Duet from the Academy of Country Music
    Feb 25, 1974
    Charley Pride performs as NBC shoots "The Bob Hope Special" at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana
    Sep 9, 1975
    Joey Martin is born in Alexandria, Indiana. She joins husband Rory Feek in Joey+Rory, named Top New Vocal Duo by the Academy of Country Music in 2010. Her brave battle with cancer draws national attention, and the duo earns a #1 country album shortly after her death in 2016

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