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  • 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"
    Jul 21, 1921
    Guitarist/songwriter Eddie Hill is born in Delano, Tennessee. He plays on numerous recordings by Kitty Wells, Johnnie & Jack and The Louvin Brothers; and writes hits for Jimmy Wakely and Johnny Horton
    Mar 31, 1922
    Fiddler Howdy Forrester is born in Vernon, Tennessee. He joins Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys for two years in the 1940s and plays with Roy Acuff during the '50s
    May 4, 1922
    Recording engineer Glenn Snoddy is born in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Employed at the Castle and Bradley studios, he runs the tape machine for numerous classics, including Johnny Cash's "Ring Of Fire"
    Jul 23, 1922
    Bass player English Pierce "Jake" Tullock is born near Etowah, Tennessee. He becomes a member of Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs' Foggy Mountain Boys, playing on "The Ballad Of Jed Clampett"
    Jul 24, 1922
    Songwriter Lawton Williams is born in Troy, Tennessee. He writes Gene Watson's "Farewell Party," Bobby Helms' "Fraulein," Hank Locklin's "Geisha Girl" and George Jones' "Color Of The Blues," among others
    Aug 6, 1922
    Comedian Manuel "Old Joe" Clark is born in Erwin, Tennessee. He spends 50 years with the "Renfro Valley Barn Dance" in Kentucky, and works as a member of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys in 1951

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