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  • Dec 7, 1941
    The Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor. Tennessee Ernie Ford, working as a disc jockey at WORL, is the first person to inform Knoxville of the tragedy
    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
    Mar 25, 1942
    Aretha Franklin is born in Memphis, Tennessee. Known as the Queen of Soul, she records the first version of "Do Right Woman - Do Right Man," a Barbara Mandrell country hit that also provides a name for Mandrell's band, The Do-Rites
    May 30, 1942
    Record producer Tom Collins is born in Lenoir City, Tennessee. He oversees such hits as Barbara Mandrell's "Sleeping Single In A Double Bed," Steve Wariner's "All Roads Lead To You," Sylvia's "Nobody" and Ronnie Milsap's "Smoky Mountain Rain"
    Jun 13, 1942
    Soul singer James Carr is born in Memphis, Tennessee. His recording "The Dark End Of The Street" is hailed among the 500 greatest country singles ever made in the Country Music Foundation's 2003 book "Heartaches By The Number"
    Jul 20, 1942
    Carl Dean is born at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville. He is destined to marry Dolly Parton, a role in which he becomes known for his avoidance of public sightings
    Aug 20, 1942
    R&B singer/songwriter Isaac Hayes is born in Covington, Tennessee. Known for his "Theme From Shaft" and his work with the Stax label, he writes Sam & Dave's "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby," which becomes a country hit for Sonny James
    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
    Nov 22, 1942
    Government workers begin arriving in East Tennessee, forming the town of Oak Ridge. Important in the development of the atomic bomb, the city also provides a name for The Georgia Clodhoppers, a gospel quartet destined to be rebranded as The Oak Ridge Boys
    Jan 8, 1943
    Pop singer Jimmy Elledge is born in Nashville. Discovered by Chet Atkins, he becomes the first performer to earn a hit with the Willie Nelson-written standard "Funny How Time Slips Away"

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