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  • 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
    Sep 3, 1918
    Harmonica player Jimmie Riddle is born in Dyersburg, Tennessee. He joins Roy Acuff's Smoky Mountain Boys in September 1943, remaining with the group for all but four years of his career. He also becomes one-half of the comedic duo Riddle & Phelps, joining the cast of "Hee Haw"
    Sep 14, 1918
    Sun recording artist Malcolm Yelvington is born in Covington, Tennessee. He appears among the backing vocalists on Johnny Cash's 1957 hit "Home Of The Blues"
    Feb 13, 1919
    Bless his little pea-pickin' heart: Tennessee Ernie Ford is born in Bristol, Tennessee. His 1955 hit "Sixteen Tons" is the musical high point of a career that includes radio, recording, his own network TV show, and a spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame

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