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  • Sep 25, 1943
    Pop artist Gary "Jules" Alexander is born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He becomes a member of The Association, whose 1967 hit "Never My Love" is reconfigured for the country audience by Vern Gosdin in 1978
    Oct 2, 1943
    Ernest Tubb begins hosting his own half-hour show on Nashville radio station WSM prior to the Grand Ole Opry
    Oct 15, 1943
    The Sumner Press, of Gallatin, Tennessee, reports a petition has been filed that makes Roy Acuff the first candidate to run for governor. The action was apparently taken without Acuff's knowledge
    Oct 20, 1943
    A nominating petition is mailed to Tennessee's Democratic chairman, Russell Kramer, requesting that Roy Acuff's name be placed on the ballot in August in the state's primary for governor
    Apr 20, 1944
    Mandolin player Doyle Lawson is born in Kingsport, Tennessee. After stints with Jimmy Martin and The Country Gentlemen, he forms his own bluegrass band, Quicksilver, becoming one of the genre's leading figures
    Apr 22, 1944
    Songwriter Danny Morrison is born in Nashville. He authors Lee Greenwood's "You've Got A Good Love Comin'," Joe Diffie's "Is It Cold In Here," Razzy Bailey's "Friends" and Kenny Rogers' "Blaze Of Glory"
    May 1, 1944
    Rita Coolidge is born in Nashville. She marries Kris Kristofferson for six years in the 1970s, and the two win a pair of country Grammys, for "Lover Please" and "From The Bottle To The Bottom." She also sings backing vocals on Kristofferson's "Why Me"
    May 12, 1944
    Ronnie Shacklett is born in Nashville. He becomes the husband and, later, manager of Brenda Lee
    Jun 6, 1944
    Country Music Hall Of Fame broadcaster Grant Turner debuts on WSM radio the same day Allied troops invade Normandy. Turner, who becomes the Grand Ole Opry announcer, handles station breaks on D-Day between network news coverage
    Jun 17, 1944
    Comedian Rod Brasfield makes his Grand Ole Opry debut at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium the same day The Poe Sisters become members

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