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  • Mar 2, 1931
    William Penick and Sarah Roberts elope. The Kentucky couple has a daughter, Skeeter Davis, less than 10 months later
    Mar 3, 1931
    "The Star-Spangled Banner" is officially recognized as the national anthem, providing artists such as Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks and The Oak Ridge Boys something to sing before major sports events
    Mar 3, 1931
    Folk artist Paul Clayton is born in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He co-writes Billy Grammer's 1959 country hit "Gotta Travel On"
    Mar 13, 1931
    Victor releases Jimmie Rodgers' two-sided single "Nobody Knows But Me" and "The Mystery Of Number Five"
    Mar 15, 1931
    Drummer D.J. Fontana is born in Shreveport, Louisiana. He joins Elvis Presley's combo in the 1950s, playing on such classics as "Heartbreak Hotel," "Don't Be Cruel," "Jailhouse Rock" and "All Shook Up"
    Mar 16, 1931
    Shirley Caddell is born in Chillicothe, Missouri. She marries deejay Biff Collie, from whom she takes her stage name Shirley Collie, and later Willie Nelson, with whom she shares a hit in 1962, "Willingly"
    Mar 19, 1931
    Nevada legalizes gambling, setting the stage for Las Vegas and Reno to become major entertainment destinations. Among the many country acts who make a mark in those cities: Elvis Presley, Garth Brooks, George Strait and Roy Acuff
    Mar 21, 1931
    With Nazis frequently inciting riots at the public performance of his songs, Jewish songwriter Kurt Weill leaves Germany. He moves four years later to the U.S., where he writes "September Song," a 1979 country hit for Willie Nelson
    Mar 27, 1931
    R&B songwriter and Atlantic executive John Marascalco is born. He pens the Little Richard titles "Good Golly Miss Molly," "Rip It Up" and "Send Me Some Lovin'." The latter becomes a 1972 country hit for Hank Williams Jr. & Lois Johnson
    Mar 28, 1931
    Fiddler Benny Williams is born in Bledsoe County, Tennessee. He tours with Stonewall Jackson, Flatt & Scruggs, Mac Wiseman and Bill Monroe and plays on the Porter Wagoner hit "Misery Loves Company"

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