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  • 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"
    Jan 7, 1930
    Jack Greene is born in Maryville, Tennessee. The "Jolly Green Giant" plays drums for Ernest Tubb before launching a solo career that leads to Grand Ole Opry membership. "There Goes My Everything" nets Greene three honors from the Country Music Association in 1967
    May 24, 1930
    The Carter Family records "Worried Man Blues" and "When The World's On Fire" in Memphis. A line from the former, "Train I ride, 16 coaches long," is later incorporated into "Mystery Train." The  melody from "When The World's On Fire" will be borrowed for "This Land Is Your Land"
    Jul 29, 1930
    James Stewart is born in Middleton, Tennessee. He becomes a founder of Stax Records, a Memphis-based soul label which launches several songs that are remade as country hits, including "Dock Of The Bay" and "In The Midnight Hour"

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