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  • 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"
    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"

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