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  • Jan 8, 1943
    Pop singer Jimmy Elledge is born in Nashville. Discovered by Chet Atkins, he becomes the first performer to earn a hit with the Willie Nelson-written standard "Funny How Time Slips Away"
    Jan 16, 1943
    Ernest Tubb makes his Grand Ole Opry debut at Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium
    Feb 13, 1943
    Four weeks after his Grand Ole Opry debut, Ernest Tubb becomes an official Opry member during a broadcast from Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium
    Mar 4, 1943
    Bill and Carolyn Monroe buy a 44-acre farm on Dickerson Road in Nashville for the sum of $11,000
    Mar 5, 1943
    Ernest Tubb's wife, Elaine, and their children join him in Nashville, where he's rented a house for several weeks. It marks the Tubbs' official move from Texas to Music City
    Jun 5, 1943
    The Grand Ole Opry begins airing from Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, which becomes the radio show's home until 1974
    Jun 21, 1943
    Ernest Tubb begins hosting a morning radio program on Nashville's WSM Radio. The job lasts one year
    Jul 25, 1943
    Roy Acuff has a son, also named Roy, in Nashville
    Aug 3, 1943
    Ernest Tubb puts down permanent roots in Nashville, buying a house in the suburbs
    Sep 4, 1943
    Curley Williams & His Georgia Peach Pickers make their Grand Ole Opry debut. Williams' "Half As Much" later becomes a hit for Hank Williams

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