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  • 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
    Jun 19, 1914
    Lester Flatt is born in Duncan's Chapel, Tennessee. Along with partner Earl Scruggs, he rises out of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys to become a leading figure in the development of bluegrass, joining the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1985
    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" 
    Oct 16, 1916
    Frances Clendenin is born in Springville, Tennessee. Her children will include songwriter Ed Hill, author of John Michael Montgomery's "Be My Baby Tonight," Reba McEntire's "The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter" and Luke Bryan's "Most People Are Good"
    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

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