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  • Mar 1, 1917
    Songwriter, bass player and radio talent Cliffie Stone is born in Stockton, California. He plays on numerous Capitol hits and co-writes "Divorce Me C.O.D." and "So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed," joining the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989
    Mar 12, 1917
    Chess Records co-founder Leonard Chess is born in Motol, Poland. He becomes a major figure in blues and R&B, and produces Chuck Berry's "Maybellene," ranked among country's 500 greatest singles in a Country Music Foundation book
    Mar 16, 1917
    Woodwind player Darol Rice is born. He contributes bass clarinet to Tennessee Ernie Ford's 1955 classic "Sixteen Tons"
    Mar 17, 1917
    Lily Mae Ledford is born in Pilot, Kentucky. She becomes the leader of The Coon Creek Girls, the first all-female stringband, and the first country act to perform at the White House. She also gives birth to Exile's J.P. Pennington
    Mar 23, 1917
    Eugene "Smokey" Rogers is born in McMinnville, Tennessee. He scores a 1949 hit with "A Little Bird Told Me," writes Ferlin Husky's "Gone" and Spade Cooley's "You Can't Break My Heart," and plays on hits by Cooley and Tex Williams
    Mar 26, 1917
    Songwriter Billy Wallace is born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He writes several hits for Webb Pierce and Kitty Wells, including Pierce's "Back Street Affair"
    Mar 30, 1917
    Record executive Randy Wood is born in Morrison, Tennessee. He founds Dot Records, which plays a key role in the careers of Donna Fargo, Joe Stampley, Mac Wiseman and Roy Clark
    Mar 31, 1917
    Fiddler Joe Holley is born in Lone Camp, Texas. A prominent member of Bob Wills' Texas Playboys, he plays on such western-swing classics as "Stay A Little Longer," "Smoke On The Water" and "White Cross On Okinawa"

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