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  • Sep 14, 1946
    Hank Williams auditions for publisher Fred Rose at Acuff-Rose Publishing in Nashville. Rose signs Williams to a songwriting contract and ultimately becomes his record producer. Under the agreement, Williams writes such classics as "Jambalaya (On The Bayou)," "Your Cheatin' Heart" and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"
    Nov 20, 1946
    Rock guitarist Duane Allman is born in Nashville. He's a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, a Southern rock ensemble referenced in Conway Twitty's 1978 country hit "Boogie Grass Band"
    Dec 11, 1946
    Hank Williams has his first recording session, for Sterling Records, at the WSM Studios in Nashville, backed by The Willis Brothers and bass player Chuck Wright. Among the songs recorded are "Never Again (Will I Knock On Your Door)" and "Wealth Won't Save Your Soul"
    Jan 20, 1947
    Francis Craig records the pop hit "Near You" at Nashville's WSM Studios. It becomes a country hit 30 years later for George Jones & Tammy Wynette
    Feb 13, 1947
    Hank Williams records "Honky Tonkin'" for the first time at the WSM Studios in Nashville for Sterling Records. He also records "Pan American." The date marks the first commercial recording session for legendary fiddler Tommy Jackson
    Feb 23, 1947
    Minnie Pearl marries Henry Cannon at the West End Methodist Church in Nashville
    Mar 6, 1947
    Hank Williams signs a recording contract with MGM Records. It takes effect April 1
    Mar 28, 1947
    Having previously used a guitar on his recording sessions, Grandpa Jones holds his first session in Nashville, playing a banjo for the first time
    Mar 29, 1947
    Grandpa Jones records "Mountain Dew" in Nashville. The song will be used in the 2019 PBS series "Country Music: A Film By Ken Burns"
    Apr 19, 1947
    After a year away from the Grand Ole Opry, Roy Acuff returns, relaunching the relationship with "Great Speckled Bird"

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