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  • Jan 17, 1929
    Session guitarist Grady Martin is born in Chapel Hill, Tennessee. The author of Ronnie Milsap's "Snap Your Fingers," Martin backs such acts as Patsy Cline, Marty Robbins, Elvis Presley and Ray Price, before taking a job with Willie Nelson's band. He is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015
    May 4, 1929
    Banjo player Kirk McGee makes his Grand Ole Opry debut
    May 15, 1929
    Eddy Arnold's father, Will, dies, the same day Eddy celebrates his 11th birthday
    Jun 9, 1929
    R&B singer John Alexander is born in Memphis, Tennessee. He performs under the name Johnny Ace, dying before he earns a hit with "Pledging My Love" in 1955. The song is revived for the country audience by Emmylou Harris in 1984
    Jul 3, 1929
    William "Gil" Wright is born in Nashville. As a member of The Anita Kerr Singers, he provides backing vocals on Bobby Helms' "My Special Angel," Skeeter Davis' "The End Of The World" and Jim Reeves' "He'll Have To Go"
    Jul 7, 1929
    While playing baseball at Knoxville's Caswell Park, Roy Acuff collapses from sunstroke. After three more attacks, Acuff gives up plans for a baseball career and ends up in music
    Sep 19, 1929
    Jimmie Davis holds a recording session at the Municipal Auditorium in Memphis, his first for Victor Records, where he remains for four years
    Oct 11, 1929
    Vocalist Hugh Jarrett is born in Nashville, Tennessee. A member of The Jordanaires during the mid-1950s, he appears on numerous Elvis Presley hits as well as the Jim Reeves single "The Blizzard"
    Oct 26, 1929
    Neal Matthews is born in Nashville. As a member of The Jordanaires, he sings background on hits by George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Johnny Horton, Elvis Presley and others, propelling the quartet into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001
    Nov 23, 1929
    Clarence "Tom" Ashley records "The Coo-Coo Bird" in Johnson City, Tennessee. The performance will be ranked among the 500 greatest country singles of all-time in the Country Music Foundation book "Heartaches By The Number"

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