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  • 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
    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
    May 15, 1918
    Eddy Arnold is born in Henderson, Tennessee. Originally touted as the Tennessee Plowboy in his solid country recordings, he shifts into string-laden recordings in the 1960s on his way to membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame
    May 17, 1918
    Fiddler Paul Warren is born in Lyles, Tennessee. He plays on numerous Kitty Wells hits, including "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," "Release Me" and "Paying For That Back Street Affair"
    Sep 1, 1918
    Maggie Cavender is born in Nashville. She becomes the longtime executive director of the Nashville Songwriters Association International

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