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Famous Veterans Birthdays – October 17th
October 17, 2021
Birthdays Today (October 17th):
Born October 17, 1941:
Earl Thomas Conley – American country music singer-songwriter – (Army) – was offered a scholarship to an art school, but rejected it in favor of joining the U.S. Army. While in the Army, Conley became a member of a Christian-influenced trio, where his musical talent and vocal ability first began. Conley then decided to consider performing as a serious career option. He shifted more deeply into the classic country sounds of artists such as Merle Haggard and George Jones. During this period he first tried his hand at songwriting. In 1968, after his discharge from the Army, Conley began commuting from Dayton to Nashville. In 1973 while in Nashville, Conley met Dick Heard, who produced country music singer Mel Street. This meeting eventually led to the Conley-Heard collaboration on the song “Smokey Mountain Memories,” which made the top 10 for Street. After being honorably discharged from the military, he began playing in clubs in Nashville, Tennessee, at night, supporting himself working blue-collar jobs during the day. – Died: April 10, 2019
Born October 17, 1938:
Evel Knievel – Daredevil – (Army) – Died: November 30, 2007