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  • Jul 25, 1911
    Songwriter Mel Foree is born in McMinn County, Tennessee. Employed as a song plugger by Acuff-Rose Music, he writes a Gene Watson hit, "No One Will Ever Know"
    Nov 4, 1911
    Wilma Wyatt is born in Harriman, Tennessee. Under the stage name Dixie Lee, she becomes a singer and actress, marrying Bing Crosby, who finds his way onto the country charts with a 1943 recording of "Pistol Packin' Mama"
    Dec 26, 1911
    Dobro player Beecher Kirby is born in Sevier County, Tennessee. Under the name Bashful Brother Oswald, he becomes a key member of Roy Acuff's Smoky Mountain Boys, eventually joining the Grand Ole Opry as a solo act in 1995
    May 30, 1912
    Alcyone Bate Beasley is born in Castalian Springs, Tennessee. She sings on the Grand Ole Opry with The Possum Hunters, a string band led by her father, Dr. Humphrey Bate. She also sings backup on Ernest Tubb's "Blue Christmas"
    Oct 25, 1912
    "Howdeee! I'm just so proud to be here!" Sarah Colley is born in Centerville, Tennessee. Performinig as Minnie Pearl, she spends 50 years on the Grand Ole Opry and becomes a regular on "Hee Haw," joining the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1975
    Nov 28, 1912
    Musical comic Robert Lunn is born in Franklin, Tennessee. He uses a talking-blues routine to become one of the early stars of the Grand Ole Opry before retiring in 1958
    Dec 8, 1912
    Music publisher Jack Stapp is born in Nashville, Tennessee. He co-founds Tree Publishing, which holds copyrights for "Heartbreak Hotel," "I Fall To Pieces" and "King Of The Road," among others. He joins the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989
    Mar 23, 1913
    Jim Anglin is born in Franklin, Tennessee. Joined by siblings Jack and Red in The Anglin Brothers, Jim Anglin co-writes "Ashes Of Love," as well as two Kitty Wells duets with Red Foley, "One By One" and "You And Me"
    May 13, 1914
    Johnny Wright is born in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. The husband of Kitty Wells, he registers a #1 single in 1965 with the Tom T. Hall song "Hello Vietnam" and accumulates hits during the '50s as one-half of Johnnie & Jack
    May 28, 1914
    Mildred Douglas is born in Jellico, Tennessee. She later marries Roy Acuff

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