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  • Feb 3, 1931
    Stella Harkins files suit against Jimmie Rodgers in Comanche County, Oklahoma, seeking a total of $20,000 for his daughter, Kathryn. He had not known of the girl's existence until the previous May, when his ex-wife brought her to a show
    Feb 4, 1931
    Fiddler Clarence "Tater" Tate is born in Gate City, Virginia. He performs with Bill Monroe, Patty Loveless and Wilma Lee Cooper, among others
    Feb 6, 1931
    Victor releases Jimmie Rodgers' "Blue Yodel No. 8 (Mule Skinner Blues)" and "Jimmie's Mean Mama Blues"
    Feb 8, 1931
    Actor James Dean is born in Marion, Indiana. Known for his work in the movies "Rebel Without A Cause" and "Giant," he's referenced in The Bellamy Brothers' country hit "Rebels Without A Clue," The Statler Brothers' "Do You Remember These" and, obliquely, Keith Urban's "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16"
    Feb 14, 1931
    Phyllis McGuire is born in Middletown, Ohio. She's the youngest of The McGuire Sisters, a trio that comes to prominence in the 1950s by earning a pop hit with "Sincerely," a song later translated to country music by The Forester Sisters
    Feb 16, 1931
    R&B songwriter Otis Blackwell is born in Brooklyn, New York. He writes such classics as Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel" and "All Shook Up" and Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls Of Fire"
    Feb 17, 1931
    Uncle Jimmy Thompson dies of pneumonia in his home outside of Nashville. The fiddle player was the first musician to perform on what became the Grand Ole Opry
    Feb 17, 1931
    Carlton Lee Duncan is born. At age 24, he has a son, Glen Duncan, who plays fiddle on hits by George Strait, Shania Twain and Brad Paisley, among others
    Feb 26, 1931
    Margaret Anderson, the first wife of playwright Maxwell Anderson, dies. Later in the decade, he authors the standard "September Song," which will become a country hit for Willie Nelson in 1979

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