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  • Feb 28, 1942
    "The Roy Acuff Songbook Show" debuts on the Grand Ole Opry at Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium. Sales of the folio eventually approach 1 million copies, providing seed money for the founding of Acuff-Rose Publishing
    Oct 30, 1942
    Acuff-Rose Music Publishing is founded in Nashville on a handshake by Roy Acuff and Fred Rose. The first music publisher in the city, Acuff-Rose handles copyrights for Hank Williams, Roy Orbison and Don Gibson, among others
    Sep 14, 1946
    Hank Williams auditions for publisher Fred Rose at Acuff-Rose Publishing in Nashville. Rose signs Williams to a songwriting contract and ultimately becomes his record producer. Under the agreement, Williams writes such classics as "Jambalaya (On The Bayou)," "Your Cheatin' Heart" and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"
    Mar 20, 1947
    Pee Wee King and Redd Stewart sign their first songwriter contract with Acuff-Rose, where their collaborations include "Tennessee Waltz," "Slow Poke" and "Bonaparte's Retreat," among others
    Jan 1, 1952
    Wesley Rose, future Country Music Hall of Famer, is cut in on the family business, as father Fred Rose gives him part of his share of Acuff-Rose, a publishing company he built with Roy Acuff
    Nov 7, 1956
    Stonewall Jackson makes a rough demo tape of three songs, including "Don't Be Angry," at Acuff-Rose Music in Nashville, seeking an evaluation. Even better, it results in a guest slot on the Grand Ole Opry
    Jul 10, 1967
    Roy Acuff and Wesley Rose attend as Acuff-Rose opens a new, multi-million-dollar building on Franklin Road in Nashville
    Mar 27, 1985
    Opryland announces it's signed a letter of intent to buy Acuff-Rose Publishing, including songs written by Hank Williams, Roy Orbison and Marty Robbins
    May 28, 1985
    Roy Acuff sells Acuff-Rose Music--including songs written by Hank Williams, Don Gibson, Roy Orbison and The Everly Brothers--to Gaylord Entertainment, which forms the Opryland Music Group
    Apr 26, 1990
    Wesley Rose dies in Nashville. A partner in the Acuff-Rose publishing firm founded by his father, Fred Rose, Wesley worked with The Everly Brothers, Boudleaux Bryant and Roy Orbison, earning induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1986

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