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  • Jan 30, 1940
    Record producer Jerry Bradley is born in Nashville. He succeeds Chet Atkins in 1973 as the head of RCA's country division, producing hits for Charley Pride, Dave & Sugar and Johnny Russell; and overseeing key releases by Waylon Jennings, Ronnie Milsap and Dolly Parton. He joins the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2019
    Mar 2, 1940
    Country singer Harvie June Van is born in Monterey, Tennessee. She becomes the first wife of songwriter/producer Bob Ferguson, known for his work with Connie Smith, Jim Ed Brown and Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton
    Mar 27, 1940
    Melvin Sloan is born in Wilson County, Tennessee. After the death of his brother Ralph Sloan in 1980, he takes over his sibling's clog-dancing troupe and renames it The Melvin Sloan Dancers, keeping the act in the Grand Ole Opry cast
    Jun 28, 1940
    The movie "Grand Ole Opry" debuts at Nashville's Paramount Theater, starring Roy Acuff. Also appearing: Uncle Dave Macon and Opry founder George D. Hay
    Nov 30, 1940
    Minnie Pearl makes her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville
    Feb 6, 1941
    Songwriter Earl "Peanutt" Montgomery is born in Wayne County, Tennessee. His credits include Emmylou Harris' "One Of These Days," Tanya Tucker's "What's Your Mama's Name" and George Jones & Tammy Wynette's "We're Gonna Hold On"
    Apr 19, 1941
    Songwriter Bobby Russell is born in Nashville, Tennessee. His hits include Bobby Goldsboro's "Honey," Roger Miller's "Little Green Apples" and Reba McEntire's "The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia"
    Jul 26, 1941
    Bobby Hebb, celebrating his third birthday, gives his first public performance at the Bijou Theatre in Nashville. He will record a version of "Night Train To Memphis" that will be considered one of the 500 greatest country singles in the 2003 Country Music Foundation book "Heartaches By The Number"
    Aug 2, 1941
    Songwriter Homer Banks is born in Memphis. He pens the soul hits "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want To Be Right" and "Touch A Hand, Make A Friend," which are remade for country by Barbara Mandrell and The Oak Ridge Boys, respectively
    Sep 21, 1941
    Dickey Lee is born in Memphis. After a 1962 pop hit with "Patches," he notches such '70s country hits as "Rocky" and "9,999,999 Tears." He also writes George Jones' "She Thinks I Still Care," George Strait's "Let's Fall To Pieces Together" and John Schneider's "I've Been Around Enough To Know"

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