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  • May 12, 1944
    Ronnie Shacklett is born in Nashville. He becomes the husband and, later, manager of Brenda Lee
    Jun 6, 1944
    Country Music Hall Of Fame broadcaster Grant Turner debuts on WSM radio the same day Allied troops invade Normandy. Turner, who becomes the Grand Ole Opry announcer, handles station breaks on D-Day between network news coverage
    Jun 17, 1944
    Comedian Rod Brasfield makes his Grand Ole Opry debut at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium the same day The Poe Sisters become members
    Jul 15, 1944
    Comedian Rod Brasfield becomes a member of the Grand Ole Opry
    Nov 7, 1944
    Roy Acuff loses $100 in a bet with Ernest Tubb when Franklin D. Roosevelt defeats Thomas Dewey for president
    Dec 4, 1944
    Eddy Arnold holds his first recording session at the WSM radio studios in Nashville. He records his first hit, "Each Minute Seems A Million Years," and his first version of "The Cattle Call"
    Dec 30, 1944
    Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys appear on the Grand Ole Opry, causing a stir when Monte Mountjoy's drum set is moved onto the stage at the last minute. Drums were previously not allowed. Their first number is "New San Antonio Rose"
    Feb 18, 1945
    Country Music Association executive director Ed Benson is born in Nashville. He becomes the CMA's leader when Jo Walker-Meador retires in 1992 and maintains the post until his own retirement in 2008
    Apr 1, 1945
    Drummer Kenny Buttrey is born in Nashville. He plays on Jimmy Buffett's "Margaritaville," as well as music by Waylon Jennings, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, The Oak Ridge Boys and Hank Locklin, among others
    Apr 14, 1945
    Buddy Harroll, of Pee Wee King's Golden West Cowboys, is the first to play trumpet on the Grand Ole Opry, delivering "Taps" in honor of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who died two days earlier

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