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Feb. 2: I like to see which country music luminaries were, like me, born in February. Here’s one: Howard Bellamy, a Groundhog Day baby, vintage 1946. He and younger sibling David, billed as The Bellamy Brothers, notched more than 30 hits from 1976 to 1990, 20 of them reaching Billboard‘s country Top 5. I doubt there’s a country fan older than Taylor Swift (or her parents) whose mental iPod doesn’t contain at least a few Bellamys hits: “If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me)” … “Redneck Girl” … “Kids Of The Baby Boom” … “Old Hippie” … and this one, recorded in L.A. in late ’78 and cracking the Top 5 the next year.

Y’all know I’m a sucker for a song with lyrics that evoke a sense of place. “You Ain’t Just Whistlin’ Dixie” fits the bill.

A couple of kids of the baby boom, perhaps old hippies: Howard and David Bellamy.