Or, more likely, it's just a happy coincidence.
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You didn't necessarily need a phonograph to hear Smokey Robinson's records. These were in heavy rotation on all the best radio stations back in the 1960s and early 70s. Smokey was born on February 19, 1940.
But, depending on where you lived, you might have needed Mr. Edison's invention if you wanted to listen to Lou Christie's "Rhapsody in the Rain," or at least the original version thereof, back in 1966. Lou Christie was born on February 19, 1943.