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  • Aug 30, 1919
    Muriel Deason is born in Nashville. Known publicly as Kitty Wells, her 1952 single "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" is the hallmark of a Hall of Fame career that brings her 13 years of hits and the nickname the Queen of Country Music
    Nov 19, 1919
    The family of 16-year-old Roy Acuff moves from Maynardville, Tennessee, to Fountain City, near Knoxville. At Central High School, principal Hassie Gresham hears him singing and insists he lead the music in chapel. It becomes a regular role
    Jan 16, 1920
    Trumpet player and background vocalist Karl Garvin is born in Tennessee. He supports country hits by Jim Reeves, Claude King and Johnny Cash, notably providing one of the two mariachi trumpets on "Ring Of Fire"
    Feb 17, 1920
    Guitarist Billy Byrd is born in Nashville, Tennessee. After working with Little Jimmy Dickens and George Morgan, he backs Ernest Tubb from 1949-1959, then returns for two more short stints with The Texas Troubadours
    Feb 22, 1920
    Del Wood is born in Nashville, Tennessee. The pianist's ragtime remake of "Down Yonder" leads to a 1953 induction into the Grand Ole Opry, where she remains until her death in 1989
    Mar 10, 1920
    Kenneth "Jethro" Burns is born in Conasauga, Tennessee. His comedic duo Homer & Jethro joins the Country Music Hall of Fame after making numerous satirical records, including a send-up of "The Battle Of New Orleans" as "The Battle Of Kookamonga"
    Jun 1, 1920
    Verna Sherrill is born in Middleton, Tennessee. Better known as Esmereldy, she gains recognition by recording novelty numbers, including her lone hit, 1948's "Slap Her Down Again Paw"
    Jul 27, 1920
    Homer Haynes, of Homer & Jethro, is born in Knoxville, Tennessee. For nearly 40 years beginning in the '30s, the duo specializes in musical parodies such as "The Battle Of Kookamonga," a Grammy-winning satire of "The Battle Of New Orleans"
    Feb 8, 1921
    Banjo player Rachel Veach is born near Peytonville, Tennessee. She joins Roy Acuff's Smoky Mountain Boys, taking part in such hits as "Fireball Mail," "Wreck On The Highway" and "Night Train To Memphis"
    May 27, 1921
    Redd Stewart is born in Ashland City, Tennessee. He replaces Eddy Arnold as the featured vocalist in Pee Wee King's Golden West Cowboys, writing the Patti Page classic "Tennessee Waltz" and Ernest Tubb's "Soldier's Last Letter"

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