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  • Nov 7, 1914
    Archie Campbell is born in Bulls Gap, Tennessee. A Grand Ole Opry comedian beginning in 1958, he gains his best-known recording with the twisted verbiage of "Rindercella," though he gains his widest recognition as a regular on "Hee Haw"
    Dec 11, 1914
    Dobro player Clell Summey is born near Sevierville, Tennessee. Under the stage name Cousin Jody, he becomes a key member of Roy Acuff's Smoky Mountain Boys and is credited as the first person to play a Dobro on the Grand Ole Opry
    Oct 21, 1915
    Record producer Owen Bradley is born in Westmoreland, Tennessee. He establishes the first recording studio on what becomes Music Row, heads Decca, and produces Patsy Cline, Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn, among others, joining the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1974
    May 13, 1916
    Jack Anglin is born in Columbia, Tennessee. Teamed with Johnny Wright in the duo Johnnie & Jack, he becomes a Grand Ole Opry member in 1952, while the act nets such hits as "Poison Love" and "(Oh Baby Mine) I Get So Lonely" 
    Mar 23, 1917
    Eugene "Smokey" Rogers is born in McMinnville, Tennessee. He scores a 1949 hit with "A Little Bird Told Me," writes Ferlin Husky's "Gone" and Spade Cooley's "You Can't Break My Heart," and plays on hits by Cooley and Tex Williams
    Mar 30, 1917
    Record executive Randy Wood is born in Morrison, Tennessee. He founds Dot Records, which plays a key role in the careers of Donna Fargo, Joe Stampley, Mac Wiseman and Roy Clark
    May 9, 1917
    Banjo player Milton Estes is born in Knoxville, Tennessee. He plays with Pee Wee King's Golden West Cowboys before joining the Grand Ole Opry from 1946-1952
    Aug 11, 1917
    Henry Cannon is born in Franklin, Tennessee. He marries Sarah Colley--a.k.a. Minnie Pearl--and becomes a pilot for Hank Williams, Eddy Arnold and Elvis Presley
    Feb 4, 1918
    Songwriter Vic McAlpin is born in Gallatin, Tennessee. He pens Jack Greene's "What Locks The Door," Roy Drusky's "Another" and Eddy Arnold's "What Is Life Without Love." He sells his stake in "Long Gone Lonesome Blues" to Hank Williams for $500
    Apr 11, 1918
    Actors Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks appear at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium during a World War I bond drive. The following year they establish United Artists Pictures, which eventually has a division with a country label

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