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  • Oct 6, 1917
    Manager Bob Neal is born to missionaries in the Belgian Congo. He is primarily a radio personality and booking agent before briefly becoming Elvis Presley's manager, prior to the singer's association with Colonel Tom Parker
    Oct 9, 1917
    Bud Messner is born in Luray, Virginia. He earns his lone country hit in 1950 by referencing two well-known songs in "Slipping Around With Jole Blon"
    Oct 15, 1917
    Songwriter Irving Berlin petitions a New York court for American citizenship. The Russian immigrant goes on to write "Blue Skies," a 1978 country hit for Willie Nelson
    Oct 15, 1917
    Entertainment executive Alan Livingston is born in McDonald, Pennsylvania. He runs Capitol Records in the 1960s, when the label includes The Beatles, Glen Campbell, Merle Haggard, The Beach Boys, Sonny James and Buck Owens
    Oct 16, 1917
    Marjorie Mazia is born in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She becomes the second wife of singer/songwriter Woody Guthrie, encouraging his creativity, which ultimately brings him membership in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
    Oct 18, 1917
    Francis Craig enlists in the Army. He goes on to become a Nashville-based dance band leader and write the 1947 pop hit "Near You," which becomes the last song George Jones & Tammy Wynette will record together as husband and wife
    Oct 20, 1917
    Songwriter Jerry Irby is born in New Braunfels, Texas. His biggest success comes with "Drivin' Nails In My Coffin," a hit for both Ernest Tubb and Floyd Tillman. Irby also pens Bob Wills' "Keeper Of My Heart"
    Oct 28, 1917
    Bill Bolick is born in Hickory, North Carolina. With younger brother Earl Bolick, he forms The Blue Sky Boys, who begin recording in 1935 and maintain an influential career into the 1960s

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