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  • Dec 8, 1912
    Music publisher Jack Stapp is born in Nashville, Tennessee. He co-founds Tree Publishing, which holds copyrights for "Heartbreak Hotel," "I Fall To Pieces" and "King Of The Road," among others. He joins the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989
    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
    Sep 1, 1918
    Maggie Cavender is born in Nashville. She becomes the longtime executive director of the Nashville Songwriters Association International
    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
    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
    Jun 19, 1923
    Guitarist Robert "Jabbo" Arrington is born in Nashville. He plays on Little Jimmy Dickens' "A-Sleeping At The Foot Of The Bed" and "Hillbilly Fever," plus several recordings by Carl Smith
    Jun 24, 1923
    Soprano Millie Kirkham is born in Hermitage, Tennessee. She provides a high harmony voice on numerous hits, including Ferlin Husky's "Gone," Elvis Presley's "Blue Christmas" and George Jones' "He Stopped Loving Her Today"
    Jun 15, 1925
    Fiddler Tommy Vaden is born in Nashville. A longtime member of Hank Snow's Rainbow Ranch Boys, he plays on "I'm Moving On" and "The Golden Rocket," plus hits by Faron Young, Jim Reeves and Webb Pierce
    Jun 18, 1925
    Dance band leader Francis Craig purchases a home on Whitland Avenue in Nashville. He goes on to write the 1947 pop hit "Near You," which becomes a country hit for George Jones & Tammy Wynette in 1977

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