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  • Nov 21, 1941
    R&B musician David Porter is born in Memphis, Tennessee. A key songwriter and producer for the Stax label, his work includes co-writing "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby" for Sam & Dave. It becomes a country hit in 1976 for Sonny James
    Nov 21, 1941
    Sax player Andrew Love is born in Memphis. A member of the R&B support team The Memphis Horns, he appears on several tracks on "Rhythm Country & Blues," nominated for Album of the Year by the Country Music Association in 1994
    Nov 24, 1941
    Bass player Donald "Duck" Dunn is born in Memphis. Known for his work with Booker T. & The MG's, he plays on Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay," hailed in a Country Music Foundation book among country's 500 greatest singles
    Nov 24, 1941
    Trumpet player Wayne Jackson is born in Memphis. A member of The Memphis Horns, he plays on pop and R&B hits by Elvis Presley, The Staple Singers and Otis Redding. He also contributes to Kathy Mattea's "Train Of Memories" and T.G. Sheppard's "Mister D.J."
    Nov 28, 1941
    Eddy Arnold marries Sally Gayhart in Nashville
    Dec 7, 1941
    The Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor. Tennessee Ernie Ford, working as a disc jockey at WORL, is the first person to inform Knoxville of the tragedy
    Feb 28, 1942
    "The Roy Acuff Songbook Show" debuts on the Grand Ole Opry at Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium. Sales of the folio eventually approach 1 million copies, providing seed money for the founding of Acuff-Rose Publishing
    Mar 25, 1942
    Aretha Franklin is born in Memphis, Tennessee. Known as the Queen of Soul, she records the first version of "Do Right Woman - Do Right Man," a Barbara Mandrell country hit that also provides a name for Mandrell's band, The Do-Rites
    May 30, 1942
    Record producer Tom Collins is born in Lenoir City, Tennessee. He oversees such hits as Barbara Mandrell's "Sleeping Single In A Double Bed," Steve Wariner's "All Roads Lead To You," Sylvia's "Nobody" and Ronnie Milsap's "Smoky Mountain Rain"
    Jun 13, 1942
    Soul singer James Carr is born in Memphis, Tennessee. His recording "The Dark End Of The Street" is hailed among the 500 greatest country singles ever made in the Country Music Foundation's 2003 book "Heartaches By The Number"

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