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  • May 1, 1944
    Rita Coolidge is born in Nashville. She marries Kris Kristofferson for six years in the 1970s, and the two win a pair of country Grammys, for "Lover Please" and "From The Bottle To The Bottom." She also sings backing vocals on Kristofferson's "Why Me"
    May 12, 1944
    Ronnie Shacklett is born in Nashville. He becomes the husband and, later, manager of Brenda Lee
    Jun 6, 1944
    Country Music Hall Of Fame broadcaster Grant Turner debuts on WSM radio the same day Allied troops invade Normandy. Turner, who becomes the Grand Ole Opry announcer, handles station breaks on D-Day between network news coverage
    Jun 17, 1944
    Comedian Rod Brasfield makes his Grand Ole Opry debut at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium the same day The Poe Sisters become members
    Jun 22, 1944
    Roy Acuff announces he will "under no circumstances" run for governor for Tennessee's Republican party
    Jun 23, 1944
    More than four months after withdrawing his candidacy for governor of Tennessee, Roy Acuff releases a four-paragraph statement reiterating the move. Acuff says his music career remains his top priority
    Jul 3, 1944
    Roy Acuff formally announces he is not a candidate for Tennessee governor and asks that his name not be placed on the ballot
    Jul 15, 1944
    Comedian Rod Brasfield becomes a member of the Grand Ole Opry
    Jul 20, 1944
    Bill Browder is born in Humboldt, Tennessee. Under the stage name T.G. Sheppard, he segues from record promotion into performing, developing pop-slanted 1980s country hits, including "I Loved 'Em Every One," "Only One You" and "Slow Burn"
    Nov 3, 1944
    The first graphite reactor, designed to produce atomic power, goes into operation in the secret government town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The community's name is soon borrowed by the Oak Ridge Quartet, which becomes The Oak Ridge Boys

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