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  • Aug 2, 1923
    Memphis broadcaster George D. Hay, working on WMC, becomes the first radio personality to announce the death of president Warren G. Harding. Two years later, Hay establishes the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville
    Feb 16, 1924
    Jo Walker-Meador is born in Orlinda, Tennessee. She serves as executive director of the Country Music Association from 1962-1991
    Jun 20, 1924
    Chet Atkins is born in Luttrell, Tennessee. The consummate guitarist, he develops a successful career as an instrumentalist, but also runs RCA Records' country division and helps create the Nashville Sound, joining the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973
    Jun 28, 1924
    George Morgan is born in Waverly, Tennessee. The pop-influenced singer joins the Grand Ole Opry in 1948, just before the release of his biggest hit, "Candy Kisses." The father of Lorrie Morgan, he reaches the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998
    Aug 3, 1924
    Gordon Stoker, of The Jordanaires, is born in Gleason, Tennessee. The quartet sings back-up on singles by Elvis Presley, Kenny Rogers, Jimmy Dean and Tammy Wynette, among others, gaining enrollment in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001
    Sep 19, 1924
    Songwriter Horace "Danny" Dill is born in Dollar Hill, Tennessee. Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1975, he writes Lefty Frizzell's "The Long Black Veil," Patsy Cline's "So Wrong" and Bobby Bare's "Detroit City"
    Nov 22, 1924
    Roy "Rabbit" Acuff starts at wide receiver as Knoxville's Central High Bobcats beat the rival Wildcats for the first time in five years at Shields-Watkins Stadium. After the game, Acuff climbs a three-story building and paints the score, 13-0, on top
    Mar 9, 1925
    Ralph Sloan is born in Wilson County, Tennessee. He forms a clog-dancing group, The Tennessee Travelers, who join the Grand Ole Opry in 1952. Following his death in 1980, Sloan's brother takes over the act, re-naming it The Melvin Sloan Dancers
    Jun 15, 1925
    Fiddler Tommy Vaden is born in Nashville. A longtime member of Hank Snow's Rainbow Ranch Boys, he plays on "I'm Moving On" and "The Golden Rocket," plus hits by Faron Young, Jim Reeves and Webb Pierce
    Jun 18, 1925
    Dance band leader Francis Craig purchases a home on Whitland Avenue in Nashville. He goes on to write the 1947 pop hit "Near You," which becomes a country hit for George Jones & Tammy Wynette in 1977

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